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FAA Discovers Software Glitch in the Boeing 737 Max Jet, Raising Additional Concerns

June 30, 2019

UNITED STATES – As reported in an online article published by, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has discovered a software glitch in the Boeing 737 Max Jet which could force the plane’s nose down automatically, citing a new wave of concerns about the jet.*

Boeing’s 737 Max jet continues to remain under scrutiny for the plane’s mechanical and electronic failures which may have played a role in two airline crashes. The FAA recently reported that it discovered a software glitch which may cause the plane’s nose to point downwards automatically.  As such, the FAA is requiring Boeing to fix the software glitch, and it is unclear as to how long this process will take.  

The FAA learned of the software glitch when government test pilots using the 737 Max’s updated software in a flight simulator discovered the flaw could lead to the plane’s nose pitching down.  In both 737 Max airline crashes, the plane’s flight-control software erroneously pushed the nose downward based on faulty readings.

Overall, the requirement to fix the software glitch will only delay the return of Boeing’s 737 Max jet even further.  The additional delay is estimated to be another one to three months.  However, the FAA does not have a definitive timeline for how long it will take before all safety concerns are addressed, and the plane is ready for use again.  Additionally, because pilots will have to receive training on the new software, the timeline could potentially be extended even further.

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