Tag: Federal Aviation Administration

F.A.A. Analysis Warned of 737 Max’s Safety Before Second Crash

WASHINGTON — After the first deadly accident involving Boeing’s 737 Max in October 2018, an analysis done by the Federal Aviation Administration determined that the plane was likely to crash again if regulators did not intervene, according to a federal document reviewed by The New York Times. The agency provided its internal analysis to Congress […]

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Boeing 737 Max Was Plagued With Production Problems, Whistle-Blower Says

Four months before the first deadly crash of Boeing’s 737 Max, a senior manager approached an executive at the company with concerns that the plane was riddled with production problems and potentially unsafe. That manager, Ed Pierson, plans to tell his story to Congress on Wednesday. Employees at the Renton, Wash., factory where the Max […]

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Plane Crash in Blizzard-Like Conditions Kills 9 in South Dakota, Officials Say

A small plane flying in blizzard-like conditions crashed shortly after takeoff on Saturday in South Dakota, killing nine people, including two children, the authorities said. Three people survived the crash, which happened just before noon local time outside Chamberlain, S.D., according to information from local officials and the Federal Aviation Administration. The condition of the […]

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Problems Pile Up for Boeing as 737 Max Delays Continue

The return of Boeing’s 737 Max appears to be slipping. Again. The plane has been grounded since March after two deadly crashes that killed 346 people. It has disrupted the global aviation industry and plunged Boeing into the biggest crisis the aerospace giant has ever faced. Yet today, after more than eight months of intensive […]

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Canadian Official Calls for Removal of Key Software From 737 Max

A manager at Canada’s aviation regulator believes that Boeing should remove software that played a role in two deadly crashes of its 737 Max before the plane is cleared to fly again, according to emails between global aviation regulators this week that were reviewed by The New York Times. The Max has been grounded since […]

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Lights That Warn Planes of Obstacles Were Exposed to Open Internet

Control panels for lights placed on tall structures to warn airplanes not to hit them were exposed to the open internet, meaning hackers could have turned the lights off. The news highlights how sensitive systems intended only for internal use by a certain team of people can accidentally be exposed to the wider internet, including […]

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F.A.A. Chief Urges Employees to Resist Pressure to End Max’s Grounding

As the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max enters its eighth month, the company has been pressing the Federal Aviation Administration to speed up its approval of a fix that is necessary to return the plane to service. Before the Max is allowed to fly again, the F.A.A. must test new software on the plane with […]

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Can Flying Taxis Live Up to the Hype?

MUNICH — Inside an airplane hangar about 20 miles from central Munich, Daniel Wiegand lifted the door of a prototype that he said would become one of the world’s first flying taxis. He’s coy about how much it cost to build — “several million,” he says — but promises that within five years a fleet […]

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Drones Used in Crime Fly Under the Law’s Radar

An otherwise peaceful suburban neighborhood in Washington Township, Pa., began experiencing a series of explosions this past spring and summer. Homemade bombs were blowing up in front yards. Nails were raining down from the sky. Windows were left riddled with marks, as if they had been shot at. For a while, the police were mystified. […]

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Cessna Plane Crashes Into Home in New Jersey, Igniting Fire

A twin-engine plane crashed Tuesday morning into a home in a suburban New Jersey town and burst into flames that ignited the house, federal officials said. It was unclear how many people were on board the Cessna 414 when it crashed into the home in Colonia around 11 a.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. […]

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Boeing C.E.O. to Tell Congress: ‘We Know We Made Mistakes’

Boeing’s chief executive, Dennis A. Muilenburg, will acknowledge some of the company’s failings on Tuesday when he appears before a Senate committee investigating the crashes of two 737 Max jets that killed 346 people. “We know we made mistakes and got some things wrong,” Mr. Muilenburg plans to tell the lawmakers, according to a copy […]

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Boeing Shaped a Law to Its Liking. Weeks Later, a 737 Max Crashed.

With a few short paragraphs tucked into 463 pages of legislation last year, Boeing scored one of its biggest lobbying wins: a law that undercuts the government’s role in approving the design of new airplanes. For years, the government had been handing over more responsibility to manufacturers as a way to reduce bureaucracy. But those […]

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In Boeing Lion Air Crash, Indonesians Learn What Took Their Loved Ones

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The fatal crash of Lion Air Flight 610 last year was caused by systemic design flaws in the Boeing 737 Max that were compounded by flight crew lapses, Indonesian investigators told the relatives of victims on Wednesday. Investigators from the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee briefed family members on their findings about […]

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Top Boeing Executive to Leave as 737 Max Crisis Swells

Boeing’s executive in charge of commercial airplanes is leaving, the company said on Tuesday. He is the most senior official to depart as the airline maker struggles to contain the crisis following the crashes of two 737 Max jets that killed 346 people. The executive, Kevin McAllister, had been at the center of the company’s […]

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Review of 737 Max Certification Finds Fault With Boeing and F.A.A.

Boeing failed to adequately explain to regulators a new automated system that contributed to two crashes of the 737 Max, and the Federal Aviation Administration lacked the capability to effectively analyze much of what Boeing did share about the new plane. Those are among the findings in a damning report from a multiagency task force […]

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F.A.A. Allows U.P.S. to Deliver Medical Packages Using Drones

United Parcel Service announced this week that it had received a certification from the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones to deliver medical packages at campuses across the country. The certification will allow U.P.S. to use multiple drones to deliver health care supplies within federal regulations and to fly drones beyond the visual line of […]

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Boeing Underestimated Cockpit Chaos on 737 Max, N.T.S.B. Says

The National Transportation Safety Board released the results of a monthslong review of potential lapses in the design and approval of Boeing’s 737 Max on Thursday, faulting the company for making erroneous assumptions during the development of the jet and calling for broader changes in the way airplanes are certified. The agency said Boeing had […]

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Crash Course

Nearly two decades before Boeing’s MCAS system crashed two of the plane-maker’s brand-new 737 MAX jets, Stan Sorscher knew his company’s increasingly toxic mode of operating would create a disaster of some kind. A long and proud “safety culture” was rapidly being replaced, he argued, with “a culture of financial bullshit, a culture of groupthink.”
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Before Arrest, Jeffrey Epstein Was Seen With Girls Exiting His Jet

Before Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest in July on sex-trafficking charges, federal authorities were looking into an allegation that he was seen as recently as November exiting his private jet in the United States Virgin Islands with girls who appeared to be underage, newly released documents show. The documents also show that the United States Marshals Service […]

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Boeing Board to Call for Safety Changes After 737 Max Crashes

For the past five months, a small committee of Boeing’s board has been interviewing company employees, safety experts and executives at other industrial organizations in an attempt to understand how the aerospace giant could design and build safer airplanes. The committee is expected to deliver its findings to the full Boeing board this week, and […]

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How to Travel With a Drone

You’ve got it all planned. You’ll launch your drone from the grass beside the Eiffel Tower. When it reaches the top, you’ll circle around the tower once, then end the video with a perfect landing. It’s the kind of thing you bought a drone for. It’s the kind of thing that makes for epic Instagram […]

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Boeing Crash Families Ask F.A.A. for Full Review of 737 Max

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — A group of family members representing more than 50 people who died in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 are calling on the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct a full regulatory review of Boeing’s 737 Max before it is allowed to fly again. The Max, which entered service in 2017, is […]

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The Origins of Boeing’s 737 Max Crisis

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Two crashes involving Boeing 737 Max jets have been linked to a software system that helped send the planes into a deadly nose-dive. Our colleague investigated what federal regulators responsible for ensuring the safety of the […]

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