Boeing is considering an emergency software update for its new 737 model after October's deadly crash in Indonesia. Reuters revealing exclusively on Thursday that the world's largest plane maker is weighing plans to launch an upgrade to its anti-stall system in just six to eight weeks. That would help address a scenario faced by the doomed Lion Air crew.
It would come as an emergency measure from the company and the Federal Aviation Administration, that's according to two sources briefed on the matter. The company declined to comment on the proposed changes. Crash investigators are yet to determine the exact cause of the Lion Air accident that killed all 189 people on board.
Data from the flight suggests an eight minute battle between the plane's pilots, and its automated anti-stall system. Investigators believe full state readings, caused the plane to think it was stalling. And they say the program dropped the nose to compensate. Pilots had to pull the aircraft out of a nosedive more than two dozen times.
It plunged into the Java's sea 13 minutes after takeoff. A preliminary report released this week, found the aircraft was not air worthy on its penultimate flight. Where pilots experienced similar problems with the anti-stall program. They switched it off and flew with manual controls for the remainder of the flight.
Lion Air CEO rejects the reports finding, saying the plane had been cleared to fly by engineers.