Aviation

US department of justice launches investigation into Boeing 737 Max

Ali Coulton

Ali Coulton

The US government has ordered an investigation into the way Boeing’s 737 MAX got its licence to fly.

This comes after the aircraft was involved in two major crashes since October that investigators say share “clear similarities”.

Transport secretary Elaine Chao asked the US inspector general to audit the aircraft’s certification process, according to the BBC.

Chao asked inspector general Calvin Scovel to “assist the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in ensuring that its safety procedures are implemented effectively”.

A key focus for investigators so far has been the Max’s anti-stall system, which preliminary investigations suggest may have played a part in the Lion Air tragedy.

Boeing released a statement earlier this week to confirm it is finalising development of a previously-announced software update and pilot training revision for the anti-stall system.

According to Reuters, the US justice department has also begun preliminary inquiries into the FAA’s oversite of the aircraft.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has penned a letter to airlines, passengers and the aviation community to express Boeing’s concern for safety and commitment to investigating the two crashes.

“Safety is at the core of who we are at Boeing, and ensuring safe and reliable travel on our airplanes is an enduring value and our absolute commitment to everyone,” he said.

“Work is progressing thoroughly and rapidly to learn more about the Ethiopian Airlines accident and understand the information from the airplane’s cockpit voice and flight data recorders.

“Our team is on-site with investigators to support the investigation and provide technical expertise. The Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau will determine when and how it’s appropriate to release additional details.”

The letter was released shortly after Boeing launched their latest aircraft, the Boeing 777X, which the manufacturer has hailed the “largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the world”.

 



SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Aviation

Register for duo, Air New Zealand’s new training and engagement hub and be in the draw to win some epic prizes

Air New Zealand launched its new training and engagement hub called duo, with training, campaigns, incentives the latest brand updates, plus more.

Share

CommentComments

News

Samoa finally announces border re-opening!

The Pacific Island paradise has been working hard to get travel ready and will soon welcome Aussies back to its sunny shores!

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

“Heroic” flight attendant comes to the rescue as woman gives birth on Frontier Airlines flight

We here at Travel Weekly think this woman deserves a raise, or at least an honorary midwifery degree.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Are you a ‘local legend’? Bonza is on the lookout for 17 ambassadors!

We feel as though a local legend could either be a dedicated charity worker in the community or someone who frequently drinks beer out of a shoe!

Share

CommentComments

Events

Travel DAZE speaker Matt Endycott from nib chats all things travel! Get your tickets now!

We’ve got Matt Endycott – one of our exciting speakers – to share his thoughts on the industry. Come to Travel DAZE to hear Matt discuss all things travel!

Share

CommentComments

Midweek Interview

Midweek Catch-up with TRAVLR’s Roann Roberts

We love an alliterative name, all the best superheroes and villains have them. We’re not sure where TRAVLR’s head of global travel product sits on that spectrum, though.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas relaunches Perth-London route, ramps up trans-tasman flights, secures majority stake in TripADeal

Flights resuming to NZ mean that it will be much easier for the all blacks to come over and quickly beat Australia over and over again.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Qatar hotels warned by Fifa over LGBTQ+ discrimination

World Cup controversy has already kicked off before the first match has begun! It’s clear Fifa is taking some lessons from the Australian Open.

Share

CommentComments

News

Japan and Thailand to further ease travel restrictions from 1 June

We thought a nice photo of cherry blossoms in full bloom at Himeji-Jo Castle would be a lot nicer than of some guy getting a swab shoved up his nose for the story.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Star Entertainment Group appoints new interim chairman and CEO

Similarly, we’ve appointed our office dog as the new chief zoomies officer, which is a big improvement on her previous role as VP of weeing in the hallway.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Aurora Expeditions announces maiden voyage for new ship the Sylvia Earle

The expedition cruise line has revealed some smashing destinations for its new ship’s bid debut, so get ready to go penguin spotting!

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Flight Centre sees boom in international business travel

People are heading back overseas so say goodbye to organising a weirdly timed Zoom meeting and get ready for a nice 13-hour flight!

Share

CommentComments