Boeing chief says company working to fully ensure 737 MAX safety

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France's Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA), which is investigating the recent crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX plane, announced on Monday that it had found similarities between the doomed jet and Indonesia's Lion Air flight of the same model that crashed into the sea in October past year.

Canada's largest airline announced Tuesday that it has taken several steps to adjust since the Max 8s were grounded last week by Transport Canada as part of an global response to the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane.

After similarities arose between the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes, regulators around the world grounded the 737 Max jets and Boeing temporarily halted deliveries of its best-selling aircraft.

Grounded: A worker walks next to a Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane parked at Boeing Field in Seattle. US.

A possible criminal investigation during an aircraft accident investigation is unusual.

Boeing shares fell 1.8 per cent to $372 at end of trading in NY on Monday. Furthermore, the American Justice Department has also started compiling information about how the 737 Max was developed.

Boeing has promised a software update for the new system, which was introduced with the 737 Max.

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

The motors on the new plane are heavier than in the 737 NG, posing more of a risk of stalling, so the MCAS was created to protect against the possibility.

A flight deck computer's response to an apparently faulty angle-of-attack sensor is at the heart of the ongoing probe into the Lion Air crash.

Preliminary results in the Lion Air crash have pointed to a possible malfunction on the aircraft's stabilization system meant to prevent stalling, known as MCAS, or the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System.

Because of budget constraints, the FAA delegated aspects of the approval process to Boeing itself, according to sources.

FAA-accredited Boeing employees notably certified the MCAS system, sources say. Boeing and regulators also apparently agreed that pilots previously cleared to fly the 737 didn't require additional time training in a flight simulator. But the agency was not able to describe any changes in the plane implemented by Boeing after the Lion Air accident.