UPDATED 8:23 AM PT — Monday, May 6, 2019
Boeing said it knew about a software issue with its 737 MAX aircraft, and did not tell the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) until after the tragic Lion Air crash in 2018.
In a statement Sunday, the company said its engineers became aware of a problem with the model’s cockpit alert system roughly a year after beginning deliveries of the aircraft.
Boeing then conducted a review of the issue, but later determined the flaw did not affect safety or operation.
The software is designed to give pilots information about the plane’s external sensors, which could potentially pinpoint equipment failures.
This comes after President Trump grounded the 737 MAX aircraft back in March, following the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash that left hundreds dead.