FAA Investigators: Deadly 737 Max Plane Flight Was Programmed to Dive. What Did the Chinese Steal From Boeing and Why?
Are the two deadly crashes of Boeing jets the result of a conspiracy? The FAA thinks so.
Investigators of the Boeing 737 Max that crashed last Sunday in Ethiopia found a “screw-like device” in the wreckage indicating that the plane was configured to dive.
The device was the piece of evidence convinced U.S. regulators to ground the model, a person familiar with the investigation said late Thursday night.
According to the person, who requested anonymity to discuss the inquiry, the piece of evidence was a so-called jackscrew. The jackscrew is used to set the trim that lowers and raises the plane’s nose.
The jackscrew, combined with a newly obtained satellite flight track of the plane, convinced the FAA that there were similarities to the Oct. 29 crash of the same 737 Max model off the coast of Indonesia.
A preliminary review of the device and how it was configured at the time of the crash indicated that it was set to push down the nose, according to the person, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the investigation.
Meanwhile, a Chinese man had indicted for directing two China-based hackers to infiltrate Boeing and other defense contractors to steal gigabytes of documents describing U.S. military aircraft.
The Chinese are developing a competitor to the 737 Max. Both planes were programmed or set to nose dive and crash. Coincidence? Was this done on purpose?
In an era of unprecedented airline safety, Boeing’s newest version of its best-selling airliner has crashed twice in less than six months, killing 346 people and delivering a massive blow to the company’s reputation.
The jackscrew was found in a position that would have raised the leading edge of the stabilizer up, which would have forced the nose down. Fixing a condition known as “runaway trim” would have been easy, a matter of turning off a couple of switches.
In the Indonesian crash, data released in a preliminary report by the Indonesian government indicated that didn’t happen and the pilots were fighting the automation.
As well, the New York Times reported that the fight was in trouble almost immediately after takeoff as it lurched up and down by hundreds of feet at a time.
The jackscrew, combined with a newly obtained satellite flight track of the 737 Max, convinced the FAA that there were similarities to the Oct. 29 crash of the same Max model off the coast of Indonesia. In the earlier accident, a safety feature on the Boeing aircraft was repeatedly trying to put the plane into a dive as a result of a malfunction.
All 157 people aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 died early Sunday shortly after the plane took off.
The pilot reported an unspecified problem and was trying to return to the airport. The plane crashed near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital. The plane’s crash-proof recorders have been sent to France to be analyzed.
The discovery of the jackscrew was earlier reported by NBC News.
Separately, the New York Times reported that doomed Ethiopian Airlines plane was in trouble almost immediately after takeoff as it lurched up and down by hundreds of feet at a time.
The captain of the Boeing Co. 737 Max 8 asked in a panicky voice to turn back only three minutes into the flight as the plane accelerated to abnormal speeds, the newspaper reported, citing a person who reviewed the jet’s air traffic communications.
Trump was right saying airliners are getting to complex for straightforward piloting. It seems that he is right. I am all for computer automation, but pilots need to be able to cut the computer in seconds and take over manually. Simple enough, you think?