'We are all humbled': Boeing CEO publishes contrite open letter

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 departs from Ronald Reagan National Airport in Arlington Virginia

A Southwest flight operating a Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane experienced an issue shortly after taking off from Orlando International Airport on Tuesday afternoon and had to return to make an emergency landing, a spokesperson for Southwest confirms to PEOPLE.

It would cost $1.8 billion and take 10,000 new employees for the US aviation regulator to handle all aircraft certification internally, the agency's chief told a Senate panel on Wednesday, answering questions after two Boeing 737 MAX crashes on how new planes are approved for flight.

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 on its way to storage was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after departing Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday afternoon.

The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) ordered the temporary grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, following an Ethiopian Airlines crash which killed all 157 people on board.

The changes were drawn up in response to the Lion Air crash but are seen as crucial to regaining the trust of pilots, passengers and regulators after the Ethiopia crash prompted a worldwide grounding Boeing 737 MAX planes. An Indonesian Lion Air flight in October killed 189.

As part of the upgrade, Boeing will install as a standard a warning system, which was previously an optional safety feature.

Boeing gathered hundreds of pilots and reporters to unveil the changes to the MCAS stall prevention system, which has been implicated in the tragedies in Ethiopia and Indonesia, as part of a charm offensive to restore the company's reputation.

A Senate Commerce Committee panel will hold a hearing Wednesday to question FAA Acting Administration Daniel Elwell and Transportation Department Inspector General Calvin Scovel.

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Most companies in Jet's financial condition would have been placed by creditors into India's new bankruptcy process. It will re-deploy several of its grounded aircraft and renew numerous routes it had temporarily suspended.

The CEO of Boeing has released an open letter to Ethiopian Airlines and the wider aviation industry, saying his company is "humbled" and "learning", as investigations into two fatal crashes involving its planes zero in on their software. The company is expected to outline changes to software that controls a system created to automatically prevent a mid-flight stall.

Boeing is still manufacturing the plane - and maintains the aircraft is safe - but is pausing deliveries to customers for the time being.

An Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max followed a similar flight path before it slammed into the ground on March 10. The FAA confirmed it is investigating the incident.

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the accidents.

Kenya Airways will not cancel its orders for the Boeing 737-800 Max jets that have been grounded globally after suffering two fatal crashes in five months, chairman Michael Joseph has said.

The Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), created to keep the plane from stalling, reacts to sensors which detect whether the jet is climbing at too steep an angle.

An American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 approaches for landing at Reagan National Airport March 13, 2019. According to the NYT, prior to the Lion Air crash both Boeing and regulators didn't even bother notifying the pilots about the system, which appeared only in the newer MAX jets, considering it unnecessary.

Also at the hearing, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao defended defending President Donald Trump and blamed Congress for what she calls a delay in nominating a permanent head of the Federal Aviation Administration.

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