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Boeing CEO vows fix as 737 MAX pressure builds

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Published on March 19, 2019 - Duration: 02:00s

Boeing CEO vows fix as 737 MAX pressure builds

In his first public comments since the second crash of a Boeing 737 MAX plunged the world's biggest planemaker into a major crisis, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg acknowledged "lives depend on the work we do.” Conway G.

Gittens reports.

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Boeing CEO vows fix as 737 MAX pressure builds

Facing the biggest crisis of his tenure, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg on Tuesday, took his first public steps to try and restore confidence after the second deadly crash of a Boeing 737 MAX in five months.

The pressure mounting as investigators looking at data from the black boxes of last week's doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight, told Reuters there are "clear similarities" with the Indonesian Lion Air flight in October, which both went down minutes after take-off.

Pilots on both flights reported problems with flight control.

A software glitch is being blamed as the likely cause.

Muilenberg said a fix has been in the works since the first crash.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) DENNIS MUILENBERG, BOEING CEO (SAYING): "Soon we'll release a software update for the 737 MAX that will address concerns discovered in the aftermath of the Lion Air flight 610 accident." Governments have grounded all of the MAX jets worldwide...and some air carriers are not in a rush to put them back in the air.

Air Canada says no matter how quick the upgrade - its keeping the plane grounded at least until July 1st.

But Boeing is not alone in feeling the heat.

In a rare occurrence, the Federal Aviation Administration is being investigated, sources confirm.

Questions are now being asked about the FAA and why it certified the 737 MAX in the first place, says Reuters Washington correspondent David Shepardson.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) DAVID SHEPARDSON, REUTERS CORRESPONDENT SAYING: "Has the FAA done enough to adequately ensure that new aircraft are being certified properly.

In part, because much of the world simply adopts the U.S. certification.

This is definitely going to prompt a big look around the world and by Congress at this issue." At the same time, the investigation into the Ethiopian Airlines crash continues.

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