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Removing Turkey from F-35 jet's supply chain could slow work on 75 jets: Navy officer

Removing Turkey from F-35 jet's supply chain could slow work on 75 jets: Navy officerIf Turkey were removed from the F-35 jet supply chain amid a dispute with the United States over its planned purchase of a Russian missile system, it would impact the production rate for up to 75 of the fighters, a Pentagon official said on Thursday. The United States has halted delivery of equipment related to the stealthy fighter aircraft to Turkey. It was the first concrete American step to block delivery of the jet to the NATO ally in light of the planned purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile defense system.



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Crashed Boeing jets lacked two safety features that would have cost extra

Crashed Boeing jets lacked two safety features that would have cost extraTwo Boeing jets that crashed in Ethiopia and Indonesia each lacked a pair of cockpit safety features that the plane manufacturer charged extra for. The systems  might have helped the pilots as they struggled to control their planes, aviation experts said. Lion Air Flight 610 crashed in October killing 189 people, and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 went down on March 10, shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, with the loss of 157 lives. Both Boeing 737 Max aircraft were new but did not have an angle of attack indicator, which shows how much the nose is tilted. They also did not have an angle of attack disagree light, which is triggered if other sensors are giving conflicting information, the New York Times reported. Such safety features were not required on new planes by the US Federal Aviation Administration, and Boeing charged a fee to have them put in if an airline requested them. Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines had opted not to. Boeing has now announced the angle of attack disagree light will be free on new 737 Max planes. Ethiopia Airlines crash Bjorn Fehrm, an aviation analyst, told the New York Times: "They're critical and cost almost nothing for the airlines to install. Boeing charges for them because it can. But they're vital for safety." The various extra customised features offered by plane manufacturers can be expensive, with airlines paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for them. Many low-cost airlines opt not to do so if regulators have not made them mandatory. Airlines with Boeing 737 Max 8s in their fleet The US Justice Department has reportedly issued a number of subpoenas as part of an investigation, which is in its early stages, looking at Boeing's safety procedures. In a statement Ethiopian Airlines said its pilots went through all the extra training required by Boeing and the FAA to fly the 737 Max. As investigators look into the crashes attention has turned to a new software in the planes that can push the nose down in some circumstances, for example when the sensors suggest the plane may be stalling. The FAA has said satellite-based tracking data showed the movements of both flights were similar before they crashed. It has emerged that the Lion Air pilots frantically scrambled through a handbook to understand why the jet was lurching downwards.



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Regulators challenge Boeing to prove its Max jets are safe

Regulators challenge Boeing to prove its Max jets are safeAviation regulators worldwide laid down a stark challenge for Boeing to prove that its grounded 737 Max jets are safe to fly amid suspicions that faulty software might have contributed to two crashes that killed 346 people in less than six months.



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Will the US ground Boeing 737 Max 8 jets? Questions following Ethiopian Airlines crash left unanswered

Will the US ground Boeing 737 Max 8 jets? Questions following Ethiopian Airlines crash left unansweredTwo days after an Ethiopian Airlines flight plowed into the ground, killing all 157 people aboard, investigators are still searching for answers.



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Criticism of FAA mounts as other nations ground Boeing jets

Criticism of FAA mounts as other nations ground Boeing jetsWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is facing mounting criticism for backing the airworthiness of Boeing's 737 Max jets as the number of countries that have grounded the aircraft grows in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines crash over the weekend.



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All Boeing Max 8 And 9 Jets Were Just Suspended From Flying in the United States

All Boeing Max 8 And 9 Jets Were Just Suspended From Flying in the United StatesIn the wake of two deadly plane crashes, the U.S. finally follows the lead of other countries' aviation administrations in grounding the plane.



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U.S. Congress wants to know why the FAA waited so long to ground Boeing 737 jets

U.S. Congress wants to know why the FAA waited so long to ground Boeing 737 jetsThe Federal Aviation Administration said the order on Wednesday was the result of “new evidence collected at the site and analyzed today” and “newly refined satellite data” that Canada had cited earlier in its decision to halt flights. The FAA did not disclose the new evidence at the scene but said it was “the missing pieces” that aligned the track of the two fatal Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes since October. For decades, the United States has led the world in aviation safety, often setting standards that were later adopted by other countries.



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Canada closes airspace to Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes; US last nation flying the jets

Canada closes airspace to Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes; US last nation flying the jetsThe U.S. was the last nation flying Boeing 737 Max 8 planes on Wednesday as nations around the globe grounded the jets.



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Wave of countries ban Boeing 737 MAX jets after Ethiopia crash

Wave of countries ban Boeing 737 MAX jets after Ethiopia crashBritain, France and Germany joined a growing list of countries to ban Boeing 737 MAX planes from their airspace on Tuesday as airlines around the world grounded the jets following a second deadly accident in just five months. On Sunday a new Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 went down minutes into a flight to Nairobi, killing all 157 people on board, from 35 countries. The widening airspace closures puts pressure on Boeing, the world’s biggest planemaker, to prove 737 MAX planes are safe as increasing numbers of fleets have been grounded.



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Entire Countries Are Grounding Boeing's 737 Max 8 Jets After Ethiopia Airlines Disaster

Entire Countries Are Grounding Boeing's 737 Max 8 Jets After Ethiopia Airlines DisasterAviation authorities the world over are urging caution after another Boeing jet crashed.



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