UPDATED 7:25 AM PT — Thursday, March 28, 2019
After collecting data from flight recorders, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said they failed to find glitches in the software of Boeing 737 MAX jets.
During a congressional hearing Wednesday, the FAA’s acting administrator — Daniel Elwell — reaffirmed that software malfunctions are not to blame for the two fatal Boeing jet crashes. Questions emerged after experts believed the plane’s anti-stall system caused the planes to nose dive, leading it to crash.
Elwell said he is confident in the safety of the aircraft. After speaking to pilots, he believes they should know what to do in case the software does nose dive.
“I called and talked to the president’s of SWAP of the Southwest Airline Pilots Organization, ALPA, over 53,000 pilots and APA, the American Pilots’ Group, and asked them what is your experience flying the Max? What are your pilots saying? And they said today to a person, to a group, we are absolutely confident in the safety of this aircraft and our pilots’ level of training in flying it.”
— Daniel Elwell, acting administrator -FAA
This comes as the FAA continues to investigate into the crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia, where all passengers on-board were killed.