Crashed Boeing jets lacked key safety features that were add-ons

Boeing jets in Ethiopia and Indonesia lacked two safety features in their cockpits because the company charged extra to install them.

  • Boeing jets in Ethiopia and Indonesia lacked two safety features in their cockpits because the company charged extra to install them.
  • The features could have helped the pilots detect erroneous readings, which some experts believe might be connected to the planes’ failures, The New York Times reports.
  • Boeing will now make the disagree light free of charge on all new 737 Max planes, the paper said.

Source: Crashed Boeing jets lacked key safety features that were add-ons

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Experts begin examining Ethiopia jet cockpit recorder | Reuters

Experts say it is too soon to know what brought down the Boeing 737 MAX 8 on March 10, but aviation authorities worldwide have grounded Boeing’s 737 MAXs, as concerns over the plane caused the company’s share price to tumble.

A spokesman for the BEA agency said downloading the data from the recorder retrieved from wreckage was expected to take four to five hours. The BEA also issued a photo showing the recorder intact but dented by the impact of the plane’s crash into a field minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa.

Source: Experts begin examining Ethiopia jet cockpit recorder | Reuters

Bomb cyclone brings blizzards, flooding and hurricane-force winds to central US, and it’s not over – CNN

(CNN)A “bomb cyclone” is dumping snow and heavy rain on the central United States, stranding travelers, leaving tens of thousands without electricity and leading to a police officer’s death in Colorado.

The storm’s center was over Iowa and Nebraska early Thursday, and while it did its worst damage in the Plains, it will continue delivering dangerous weather conditions to 105 million people who are under some sort of watch, warning or advisory as it moves east.
A bomb cyclone occurs when there is a rapid pressure drop, with a decrease of at least 24 millibars — a measure of atmospheric pressure — over 24 hours. This storm dropped 33 millibars from Tuesday into Wednesday.

Source: Bomb cyclone brings blizzards, flooding and hurricane-force winds to central US, and it’s not over – CNN

Loaded handgun seized from Monroeville man at Pittsburgh International Airport checkpoint | WPXI

PITTSBURGH – An Allegheny County man was stopped by Transportation Security Administration agents Sunday after a loaded handgun was discovered in his carry-on bag.

The Monroeville man was stopped at a checkpoint with a .38 caliber revolver that was loaded with five bullets.

TSA agents confiscated the gun and held the man for questioning.

Source: Loaded handgun seized from Monroeville man at Pittsburgh International Airport checkpoint | WPXI

NTSB team to help investigate Ethiopian Airlines crash | TheHill

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will send a team to assist in the investigation into the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet that killed all 157 people on board.

CNN reported that four people from the NTSB will travel to assist in the aftermath of the crash, though it’s unclear when they will go or what their role will be.

The NTSB did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill

Source: NTSB team to help investigate Ethiopian Airlines crash | TheHill

Boeing postpones launch of 777X after Ethiopia Airlines crash – CNN

(CNN Business)Boeing has delayed plans to unveil its huge new 777X jetliner this week following the deadly crash of one of the company’s aircraft in Ethiopia.

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed on Sunday morning, just minutes after taking off from from Addis Ababa. All 157 people on board were killed. The disaster happened less than five months after another 737 MAX 8 went down off the coast of Indonesia in late October, killing 189 people.
Boeing announced last week that the 777X, which can carry as many as 425 passengers, would make its “debut to the world” this coming Wednesday. It described it as “the largest, most efficient twin-engine jet” on the planet.
But a Boeing spokesman said late Sunday that the company is postponing the 777X’s big reveal. He didn’t say when the event is now likely to take place but added that there are no other changes to the aircraft’s schedule.

Source: Boeing postpones launch of 777X after Ethiopia Airlines crash – CNN

2 boxes of guns stolen at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA – Two boxes full of guns were stolen from a building at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

WXIA-TV reports Atlanta Police say two men wearing bright yellow vests walked through an unsecured door at a United Airlines cargo area around 4:30 p.m. March 1 and took the boxes that were waiting to be loaded onto a plane.

Each box, police said, contained 10 9mm Glock handguns.

An employee tried to chase the men down, but they fled in a brown or tan-colored car, possibly a Honda Civic or a Toyota Corolla. The suspects remain at large.

Police forwarded the serial numbers of all the guns to Homeland Security.

The investigation continues.

Source: 2 boxes of guns stolen at Atlanta airport

Ethiopian Airlines plane crashes, killing all 157 aboard including Americans, officials say | Fox News

An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed minutes after takeoff from Ethiopia’s capital on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board including some Americans, the airline and government officials said.

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 left Bole airport in Addis Ababa bound for Nairobi, Kenya at 8:38 a.m. before losing contact with the control tower minutes later at 8:44 a.m. The crash occurred around Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, some 31 miles south of Addis Ababa.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash of the Boeing 737-8 MAX plane, which was new and had been delivered to the airline in November, according to records obtained by the Associated Press.

The plane showed unstable vertical speed after takeoff, air traffic monitor Flightradar 24 said in a Twitterpost.

Source: Ethiopian Airlines plane crashes, killing all 157 aboard including Americans, officials say | Fox News

Five dead after plane that took off from Tampa crashes in Lake Okeechobee

TAMPA — Five people are dead after a plane that took off from Tampa International Airport crashed into Lake Okeechobee Friday afternoon, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

The bodies were found in the plane, the Miami Herald reported. None of the victims had been identified as of Friday night.

Teri Barbera, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office, said the medical examiner is at the scene.

The crash happened at about 3:30 p.m. when the twin-engine Piper PA-23-250 was on approach to Pahokee Airport, also known as Palm Beach County Glades Airport, the Herald said. The plane went down 400 yards from shore, just north of its destination.

The Sheriff’s Office worked with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue to locate the five people. They were found around 6 p.m., Barbera said.

The cause of the crash has not been determined. The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the incident while the Sheriff’s Office handles the death investigation.

Source: Five dead after plane that took off from Tampa crashes in Lake Okeechobee