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Boeing crew capsule returning to Earth after aborted flight

Boeing crew capsule returning to Earth after aborted flightBoeing aimed to bring its Starliner crew capsule back to Earth on Sunday to end its first test flight, a mission cut short by an improperly set clock on the spacecraft. The Starliner — carrying no astronauts, only a test dummy — was supposed to spend the coming week at the International Space Station, part of a critical dress rehearsal for a flight with a real crew next year. The station docking was scrapped, and Boeing and NASA decided to bring the spacecraft home as soon as possible.



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One photo shows why Boeing had to shut down production of its grounded 737 Max

One photo shows why Boeing had to shut down production of its grounded 737 MaxBoeing is suspending production of the 737 Max nine months into the aircraft's grounding, the latest setback in a rolling crisis around the plane.



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Boeing removed a feature that protects its 787 planes during lightning strikes as a cost-cutting measure, even after FAA experts objected

Boeing removed a feature that protects its 787 planes during lightning strikes as a cost-cutting measure, even after FAA experts objectedThe FAA administrator will be questioned by Congress today over its certification of the change to the 787 Dreamliner as well as the 737 Max.



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Former Boeing employee who warned about 737 problems will testify at hearing

Former Boeing employee who warned about 737 problems will testify at hearingA former Boeing Co employee who warned of problems with 737 production will testify on Wednesday at a U.S. House hearing on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) review of the grounded 737 MAX. Former Boeing employee Edward Pierson, who had worked as a senior operations manager in the flight tesat and evaluation unit, will testify before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Pierson’s concerns were referenced at an Oct. 30 hearing – though he had not been named previously.



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Boeing is promising 3 fixes to the faulty system behind the 737 Max crashes to let pilots stop it from forcing the plane into an unstoppable nosedive

Boeing is promising 3 fixes to the faulty system behind the 737 Max crashes to let pilots stop it from forcing the plane into an unstoppable nosediveMCAS, which was designed to automatically push the plane's nose down to stabilize it, was identified as a key factor in both 737 Max crashes.



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Bad news for Boeing: Company says more 737 NGs found to have wing cracks

Bad news for Boeing: Company says more 737 NGs found to have wing cracksThe FAA ordered the inspections in 737 NG's that have flown many thousands of flghts



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This timeline shows exactly what happened on board the Lion Air Boeing 737 Max that crashed in less than 13 minutes, killing 189 people

This timeline shows exactly what happened on board the Lion Air Boeing 737 Max that crashed in less than 13 minutes, killing 189 peopleDocuments released by Indonesia in late October have given a definitive picture of what happened on board the plane as it entered its fatal descent.



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Another black eye for Boeing

Another black eye for BoeingThe smartest insight and analysis, from all perspectives, rounded up from around the web:Boeing's 737 Max jet now faces even more trouble, said David Gelles and Natalie Kitroeff at The New York Times. Last week, Boeing gave the Federal Aviation Administration a transcript of messages from 2016 that reveal that the jet's automated systems had raised alarms more than two years before two fatal crashes. In the messages, Mark Forkner, one of Boeing's top pilots, complained of "egregious" erratic behavior in flight simulator tests of a troubled automated system known as MCAS. In earlier discussions, Forkner had left the FAA — which agreed to let Boeing drop any mention of MCAS from the pilots' manual — with the impression the system was rarely used, and he had not told the agency that it was in the midst of an overhaul. "I basically lied to the regulators (unknowingly)," Forkner wrote in another message. The newly disclosed records "strike at Boeing's defense that it had done nothing wrong" and that regulators were to blame for the crashes.The new information gives ammunition to lawmakers who were already "ratcheting up scrutiny of Boeing's leaders," said Andrew Tangel and Andy Pasztor at The Wall Street Journal. Boeing's engineers often played dual roles "designing certain systems on behalf of the plane maker and then certifying the same systems as safe" on behalf of the FAA. Investigators recently uncovered a three-year-old survey "showing roughly 1 in 3 employees who responded felt 'potential undue pressure' from managers regarding safety-related approvals."Families of the crash victims aren't just seeking damages — they want regulators to order a complete re-certification of the Max, said Jim Zarroli on NPR's Morning ­Edition. "Such a move would be an enormous financial challenge for Boeing," which was counting on getting the Max back in the air by the end of this year. But "the possibility the 737 Max could be flying again soon has stirred" victims' families into collective action, including a call for a "soup-to-nuts examination of its design" by regulators. While that's unlikely to happen, the FAA's response after this latest news was "not encouraging," said Chris Isidore at CNN. Any further delay in the approval process "will be more than another black eye" for Boeing. It could shut the assembly lines for the 737 Max, until recently Boeing's best-selling plane. The company already has a backlog of more than 400 planes that have been built but can't be delivered until the plane is ready to fly again.Boeing continues to dig itself into a deeper hole, said Brooke Sutherland at Bloomberg. Forkner's messages are bad; worse, the FAA, like the rest of us, is "only now finding out" about them, even though Boeing knew for months. Yes, the company did recently unveil an "organizational overhaul" intended to improve safety and transparency, and it stripped CEO Dennis Muilenburg of his chairman's title. But "for all of Boeing's talk about recommitting itself to safety, the company appears reluctant to fully come clean."



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Lion Air crash report points to Boeing, pilots, maintenance

Lion Air crash report points to Boeing, pilots, maintenanceIndonesian investigators found plenty of blame to go around for a Boeing 737 Max crash that killed 189 people a year ago. Investigators said in a report issued Friday that a combination of nine main factors doomed the brand-new Boeing jet that plunged into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff on Oct. 29, 2018. Many of the problems had been previously disclosed in a preliminary report that Indonesian authorities issued last year and in recent findings by U.S. and global safety experts who were privy to the investigation.



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31 pages vanished from the maintenance log of the Lion Air Boeing 737 Max before it crashed, investigators said

31 pages vanished from the maintenance log of the Lion Air Boeing 737 Max before it crashed, investigators saidInvestigators' final report pointed to Boeing's design of the plane as well as compounding errors from Lion Air and the crew on the fatal flight.



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