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Bill McNease responds to some countries grounding of the aircraft after two deadly accidents.
Safety reports submitted last year in a NASA database shows that at least two US flights had reported problems after the conclusion of the autopilot systems on the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.
According to the cases, the pilots reported that the nose of their planes dipping downward sharply shortly after the turn of autopilot feature, but both aircraft were able to take control after the pilots had turned off, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.
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“With the concerns with the MAX 8 nose down stuff, we thought it appropriate to get your attention,” says one of the pilots wrote in a report, allegedly to the Lion Air crash in Indonesia which killed 189 people in 2018. The co-pilot of a Boeing 737 Max 8 had said that neither he/she nor the pilot could “think of any reason the aircraft would pitch nose down so aggressively” after the nose of their flight beat down after switching on the automatic pilot.
In both cases, the aircraft of the automatic audio warning system engaged once the aircraft started to descend.
The pilots, who gave their findings as part of a voluntary safety report, were not adopted, nor the airline or the specific operations to which the incidents.
The Associated Press report, compiled by David Michael Koenig and Sisak, comes amid concerns about the safety of the Boeing 737 Max 8 jets after the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.
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Their report notes, however, that the pilots did not the link of the incident on the plane of the anti-stall system, which is being investigated as a factor in the crash of the Lion Air flight in October. After the incident, investigators with the Indonesia National Transportation Safety Commission, the debt of the automatic safety system as a factor, which reports that the pilots struggled to override the constant attempts to force the aircraft nose down.
After the incident, had allegedly informed his customers of the two switches in the cockpit that would have turned off, the lack of security, according to Bloomberg.
AMERICAN airlines, including Southwest and American Airlines confirmed to Fox News that the carriers would still have to make use of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in the midst of the investigation into the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which crashed on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board.
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Acting FAA administrator Daniel K. Elwell said the administration continues to “review” the data of the research, but so far has found “no systemic problems with the performance,” that would be necessary for the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max 8 in the United States. If there are problems of “continued airworthiness” are determined, Elwell says the FAA will take “immediate and appropriate action.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.