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Maddow: Government Shutdown Delayed Software Update on Boeing 737 Max 8



The devastating Ethiopian Airlines crash this weekend caused many to turn a sharp eye on plane manufacturer, Boeing. Many countries have barred flights on the Boeing 737 MAX 8, the plane involved in the crash, though the US has not.

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Boeing says that the planes issues can be fixed with a simple software update. Last night on her show, Rachel Maddow, detailed how the recent government shutdown delayed these updates from taking place.

Maddow explained, “Well, the good news is, it turns out that Boeing has in the works a software fix that they believe will address that problem in these planes.┬áThe anticipated software fix from Boeing will limit the extent of the flight control systems downward push on the plane’s nose.”

While it is a good thing that Boeing has found a solution, they could have had it much earlier. Maddow continues:

“The software fix to this particular flight control feature had been expected early in January. Discussions dragged on. Officials in various parts had differing views on how it should be fixed.┬áThe shutdown halted work on the fix entirely for five weeks.”

Early in 2018, Trump took credit for the safest year in aviation history. He tweeted, “Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation. Good news – it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record!”

The irony now, however, is that the government shutdown may have played a part in the deaths of 157 people.

Maddow finished her segment, “”In the meantime, here in the U.S., continue to enjoy your flights on Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Don’t worry, the president talks to the Boeing CEO on the phone about it all the time. And the president himself knows aviation after all, he had the best pilot you can ever imagine who was amazing. He would have been perfect to run the FAA.”

See a video of the segment here: