Dar es Salaam. US federal aviation authorities said Monday they will order Boeing to modify its 737 MAX 8 aircraft, including anti-stalling software and maneuvering system updates, in the wake of a snowballing crisis over the safety of the aircraft.
The Federal Aviation Administration told international civil aviation authorities that it “anticipates mandating these design changes... no later than April,” although it did not ground the fleet.
But more countries and airlines around the world joined the growing list of those grounding the 737 MAX jetliner after two of the planes crashed in five months, killing 346 people. The first crash was by Lion Air in Indonesia, in October 2018, in which 189 people died and Sunday’s crash by Ethiopian Airline that claimed the lives of 157 people in its airspace.
Boeing is also set to update its training requirements and flight crew manuals to reflect the changes.
“The FAA continuously assesses and oversees the safety performance of US commercial aircraft,” it said earlier. “If we identify an issue that affects safety, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action.”
The FAA has notified other global civil aviation authorities that it may soon share safety information concerning Boeing’s 737 MAX 8, the statement said.