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Boeing ‘will need more time to fix the bug in Max 737s’


Boeing and US aviation regulators say the company needs more time to finish changes in a flight-control system suspected of playing a role in two deadly crashes.

The Federal Aviation Administra­tion said it anticipate­s Boeing’s final software improvemen­ts for 737 Max airliners “in the coming weeks.” Boeing was expected to complete the work last week, but FAA spokesman Greg Martin said the company needs more time to make sure it has identified and addressed all issues.

First priority

Chicago-based Boeing offered the same timetable as it works to convince regulators that it can fix software bugs on the planes.

“Safety is our first priority, and we will take a thorough and methodical approach to the developmen­t and testing of the update to ensure we take the time to get it right,” said Boeing spokesman Charles Bickers.

Boeing needs approval not just from the FAA, but elsewhere, including Europe and China, where safety officials have indicated they will conduct their own reviews.

Max 737s have been grounded around the world since midMarch. Data from the Indonesian plane indicates that pilots unsuccessf­ully fought the automated anti-stall system for control of the plane, which plunged into the sea shortly after take off.

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