Daily US Times, Chicago: Boeing, who has been suffering from its 737 Max planes, discovered another software flaw on its cursed plane. But the company said on Thursday that they do not think it will further delay its return to service.
The company said the issue related to an indicator light staying on longer than intended. The light is associated with the stabilizer trim system, which raises and lowers the plane’s nose.
The problem appeared during flight testing of the 737 Max’s updated software and it was with the inputs into the plane’s flight control computers.
Boeing issued a statement saying “We are incorporating a change to the 737 Max software prior to the fleet returning to service to ensure that this indicator light only illuminates as intended.”
The 737 Max, one of Boeing’s top-selling planes saw an unprecedented outcome after two fatal crashes that killed 346 people. The plane has been grounded worldwide following the incidents. Boeing has been trying to back the planes in the sky, but US authorities said, they are not going to give permission to Boeing quickly.
The two crashes, one in the Philippines and other in Ethiopia, have been linked to a safety system designed to force down the nose of the plane in case it was climbing too fast and was at risk of stalling. Boeing has been working on a fix of the software on that system for more than a year.
Since March last year, after the planes grounded, Boeing engineers have identified several other issues with the plane.
Boeing said it would halt production of its 737 Max airliner in January.
On Thursday, Federal Aviation Administration Administrator (FAA) Steve Dickson revealed at a press conference in London that Boeing let the FAA and its airline customers know about the problem with the light during the week of Jan. 20.
Boeing was hoping to take back the 737 Max planes on service earlier this year, but after the disclose the problem with the light to the FAA, the company now believed Max would not be approved to return to service until the middle of this year.