The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has ordered Boeing to introduce critical software update for its 737 Max 8 aircraft. As per the order, the aerospace manufacturer will need to improve its anti-stall software, along with aircraft’s manoeuvring system by April 2019.
The move follows the recent Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 incident, where the carrier’s Boeing 787 Max-8 aircraft crashed roughly six minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. All 149 passengers and eight crew members on board were killed.
The model of the crash closely resembles the Lion Air Flight JT 610 crash from October 2018. The deadly incident led to the deaths of all 189 people on board.
While the FAA has ruled out grounding the fleet of 737 Max 8 operating in the US, a number of countries from around the world and individual airlines have moved to cease commercial flights involving the aircraft.
UK, Singapore, Oman and Australia are the latest countries to ban the aircraft flying through their airspace, joining China who grounded the aircraft on 11 Monday.