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Dennis Tajer, an American Airlines pilot and a spokesman for their union, said Boeing held a discussion with airlines last Thursday but did not invite pilots at American or Southwest, the two US carriers that use the same version of the Max that crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

U.S. regulators and safety experts are now asking how thoroughly the FAA and Boeing vetted the anti-stall system and how well pilots around the world were trained for it when their airlines bought new planes.

FILE - Wreckage is seen at the site of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 11, 2019.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg sought Monday to reassure clients and passengers of the firm's commitment to safety in a video message published amid intense scrutiny following the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 crash.

Ledwaba emphasised that immediately after the Ethiopian Airlines crash, SACAA started its engagements with Comair and Boeing.

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It was the second fatal air crash in the 737 MAX 8 in less than half a year.

What, precisely, caused the crashes of these two jets within the space of five months?

The 737 MAX was certified as a variant of the 737 Next Generation, the plane it replaced, despite major differences in the engine and the MCAS, according to documents available on the FAA's website.

Aside from the software system issue, the Times revealed that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may have overlooked appropriate safety regulations before the Boeing 737 Max 8 was approved.

The planes were equipped with automated flight software called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), a relatively new feature to Boeing's Max planes.

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Air Canada said it's taking a number of measures to minimize the impact for customers, including aircraft substitutions, extending leases for planes, and suspending certain routes that were served by the 737 Max.

The Max 8 make was meant to be the future industry workhorse. FAA and Boeing will face congressional questions about why the software upgrade took so long to complete and whether Boeing had too great a role in the certification process. On Monday, the company's shares dropped by 1.8 percent in NY.

The report quoted unnamed Boeing and FAA experts who claimed that the company subsequently delivered an analysis that contained crucial flaws and out of date information.

Boeing and the FAA declined to comment on that. He assured regulators around the world that the company is doing everything to improve the 737 Max models' safety.

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