Boeing 'covered up' faults in aircraft sensor
After two disastrous plane crashes, new revelations in the Boeing 737 Max ‘fatal flaw’ scandal claim the aviation giant failed to disclose critical information about the aircraft’s warning system.
Last week in a special 60 Minutes report, Liz Hayes revealed one of aviation history’s biggest scandals – that aircraft giant Boeing's brand-new 737 Max planes had a “fatal flaw” in a flight control system called MCAS; a system whose very existence Boeing failed to disclose to its airline customers and pilots.
MCAS malfunctions are being held responsible for two horror plane crashes that claimed the lives of 346 men, women and children.
This week 60 Minutes reports more damning revelations about the aircraft manufacturer and warnings that should have been heeded about the 737 MAX, well before the crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 in October 2018 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in March this year.
It’s now claimed that as well as failing to disclose the existence of the MCAS flight control system, Boeing engineers further kept airlines in the dark about a cockpit sensor warning light, which could have alerted pilots that their MCAS system was being fed false data – pitching the aircraft into a steep nose dive.
This week, Boeing admitted it believed this critical warning light was standard on all 737 Max jets, but discovered months before the Lion Air crash that the light would only operate if the airlines had purchased a separate feature, known as the angle of attack (AOA) indicator. At least one bought the Max plane without the AOA indicator, believing the warning light was activated.
Boeing apparently didn’t tell America’s aviation watchdog, the FAA, about the sensor warning light issue until after the first crash in Indonesia, which killed 189 people.
It's news guaranteed to add to the distress of the families of the 346 victims lost. Little wonder that just this week Boeing’s CEO Dennis Muilenburg said “this is a defining moment for Boeing.”
60 Minutes assure viewers it’s a story they’ll stay close to and continue to report any new developments.
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