A manager at Canada’s aviation regulator wrote in an email that Boeing’s 737 Max should not be allowed to fly again with the controversial MCAS automated flight-control system, according to a New York Times report.
In the leaked email, which was originally sent to officials at the FAA, as well as the European and Brazilian aviation regulators, the Canadian official said that he was worried that regulators might end up approving Boeing’s fix to the system, even if issues continued to emerge.
At least one manager at the FAA agreed, according to the Times.
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A manager at Canada’s air safety regulator said that Boeing should remove an automated system, MCAS, from the 737 Max before the plane is allowed to fly again, according to a New York Times report.
The statement was reportedly made in e-mails to counterparts at the US Federal Aviation Administration, The European Union Aviation Safety Agency and Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency, which were reviewed by the Times.
The 737 Max, the latest version of Boeing’s best-selling plane, has been grounded since March after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people.
Investigations into the two crashes suggest that MCAS, or the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, erroneously engaged, forcing the planes’ noses to point down, and that pilots were unable to regain control of the aircraft.
MCAS was designed to compensate for the 737 Max having larger engines than previous 737 generations. The larger engines could cause the plane’s nose to tip upward, leading to a stall — in that situation, the system could automatically point the nose down to negate the effect of the engine size.
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