Boeing has been having a rough year. The company’s flagship plane, the 737 Max, was involved in two fatal crashes over the last year. That led to the forced grounding of that aircraft, across all airlines, until the underlying issues that contributed to the crashes was addressed. Unfortunately for Boeing, U.S. regulators identified yet another issue in the aircraft that has to be fixed.
The specifics of the new issue are not known, but it has been confirmed that it is not connected to the previous crashes. According to the Claims Journal the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) found an issue with the way the flight computer was processing specific sets of data. That was a big enough issue that many pilots were having issues recovering from it in simulator tests.
An FAA statement on the matter simply reads: “The FAA recently found a potential risk that Boeing must mitigate”.
Experts have now discovered that issues with the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System is what led to the two fatal crashes. However, this new data processing issue could also lead to crashes, and needs to be fixed before the 737 Max can be cleared to fly commercially again.
Gordon Johndroe, a Boeing spokesman spoke with the Claims Journal about the most recent issue discovered by the FAA. “The safety of our airplanes is Boeing’s highest priority,” said Johndroe. “We are working closely with the FAA to safely return the Max to service.”
Boeing has yet to present their final proposal of solutions to the FAA, though it stands to reason that the company wants to get their aircraft back in the skies as quickly as possible. It appears as though the only remaining hurdle for Boeing to pass is flight tests of the 737 Max with FAA instructors.