United CEO Commits to Being Passenger on Airline’s First Boeing 737 Max Flight Once Aircraft Is Cleared to Fly

By Paul Riegler on 23 May 2019
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A grounded United Airlines Boeing 737 Max jet

A grounded United Airlines Boeing 737 Max jet

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz said he would be on his airline’s first flight once the Boeing 737 Max gets the green light to fly again.

Munoz made the promise at the airline’s annual shareholders meeting Wednesday.

The aircraft was grounded after two fatal crashes, one in Indonesia in October, 2018, and one in Ethiopia in March of this year.

Flight recorder indicated that the aircraft had received erroneous information from the angle of attack sensor that in turn activated the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, shortly before both crashes.

Boeing has since fixed the issues that appear to have resulted in the two accidents. Changes include a software update for MCAS that adds additional layers of protection and requires MCAS to read information about the aircraft’s nose angle from multiple sensors instead of just one. The changes are intended, Boeing said, to “ensure unintended MCAS activation would not occur again.”

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