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Return of the Boeing 737 Max to be Further Delayed Following FAA’s Discovery of Faulty Software

July 01, 2019

UNITED STATES – According to an online news article published by, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has learned of a new problem associated with the Boeing 737 Max airplane that is already under scrutiny for two crashes that killed hundreds of people.*

As part of its effort to identify and cure all defects and problems related to Boeing’s 737 Max airplane, the FAA utilized test pilots to run simulations with a new software fix provided by Boeing.  While the pilots were running the simulator, they discovered a new problem that Boeing now has to address, which could delay the return of the 737 Max.  

The new problem with the airplane’s software is that the glitch has the potential to affect a pilot’s ability to quickly and without difficulties, follow recovery procedures for runaway stabilizer trim and subsequently stabilize the airplane. Whether this newly discovered error within Boeing’s software for the 737 Max contributed to either of the horrific crashes that killed hundreds of people is unknown at this time.  The FAA has informed Boeing that the new software problem is a “potential risk that Boeing must mitigate.”

Before the FAA discovered the new problem with the Boeing 737 Max airplane’s software, the airplane was on track to return to flight in the next month.  However, the airplane’s return could be delayed by additional weeks or months, with the prognosis of the situation unknown.  Even with Boeing’s steps to eliminate all glitches and defects associated with its 737 Max, some passengers may continue to avoid traveling on the airplane.  As such, how the airplane will do once it is back in circulation is a big unknown at this time.

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