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The cause of the second fatal crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 in five months is unlikely to be resolved quickly, according to an aviation analyst


‘Boeing will be forced to halt 737 Max production’


Aircraft model flown by Tui and Norwegian could stay grounded for months following fatal crashes. Ian Taylor reports


Investigators have identified “clear similarities” between last week’s Ethiopian Airlines disaster and an Indonesian air crash in October 2018, the Ethiopian government has revealed.


An Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max 8


crashed soon after take-off from Addis Ababa on March 10, killing all 157 people on board and triggering the aircraft’s worldwide grounding. A Lion Air 737 Max 8 crashed soon after take-off from


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Jakarta on October 29, killing 189. Flight-tracking data suggest


both aircraft flew erratically, repeatedly climbing and descending before plunging to the grond A preliminary investigation of the Lion Air crash found problems with the aircraft’s anti-stall system, which forced down the nose of the aircraft. Pilots in the US reported similar


problems. One pilot noted on an aviation whistleblower site: “The nose pitched down after


engaging autopilot on departure.” French air accident investigators


hae been eamining flight data and cockpit voice recorders recovered from the Ethiopian Airlines crash since last week. The 737 Max has bigger,


more fel-efficient engines than previous models of the aircraft. Incorporating these meant moving the engines further forward on the wing, changing the aircraft’s centre of graity Alongside these changes, Boeing introduced an autopilot feature or ‘manoeuvring characteristics augmentation system’ A which pshes the nose of a climbing aircraft down


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