A Malfunctioning Boeing 737 MAX Warning Light Could Cost Boeing Millions In New FAA Fines
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February 21, 2020 - by ALAN LEVIN AND BLOOMBERG for fortune.com
Boeing Co. engineers discovered in 2017 that a software glitch had rendered a warning light on the newly introduced 737 Max inoperable on 80% of the planes. But the company chose not to fix it or to inform U.S. regulators.
The next year, a Lion Air jet suffered the malfunction the alert was designed to detect and crashed in the Java Sea.
The lack of an alert was cited as a factor in the crash by Indonesian investigators and Boeing's failure to fix it drew stiff condemnation from lawmakers and families of the victims.
Now the inoperable warning light is threatening to become a costly new headache for the planemaker: its absence on the jet violated U.S. Federal Aviation Administration regulations.
The FAA is considering...
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