Boeing admits ‘catastrophic fault’ on its new 737 Max 8 jet caused two crashes that claimed 346 lives

BOEING yesterday admitted a catastrophic fault on its new jet caused two crashes which claimed 346 lives.

Boss Dennis Muilenburg apologised for the “heart-wrenching” Ethiopia Airlines and Lion Air disasters and pledged to correct the flaw.

Boeing yesterday admitted a catastrophic fault on its new jet caused two crashes which claimed 346 lives
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Boeing yesterday admitted a catastrophic fault on its new jet caused two crashes which claimed 346 lives[/caption]

The US giant lost nearly a fifth of its value as 737 Max 8 models were grounded worldwide.

Preliminary findings from the Ethiopia smash that killed 157 last month pointed to an anti-stall system malfunction.

Crew were powerless to stop a computer overriding their battle to stop a fatal nosedive.

Another probe showed a similar pattern on an Indonesian Lion Air Max 8 flight which crashed into the sea last October, killing all 189 on board.

Mr Muilenburg said: “We are sorry for the lives lost. I cannot remember a more heart-wrenching time in my career with this great company.

“In both flights the Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System activated in response to erroneous information.

“It’s our responsibility to eliminate this risk.

“We own it, we know how to do it.”

The firm said software to correct the fault will make the planes “among the safest ever to fly”.

UN campaigner Joanna Toole was one of the nine Brits killed in the fatal crash
UN campaigner Joanna Toole was one of the nine Brits killed in the fatal Ethiopean Airlines crash
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Debris from the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 scattered across the crash site after the plane came down six minutes after takeoff
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Debris from the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 scattered across the crash site after the plane came down six minutes after takeoff[/caption]

Lion Air flight JT-610 lost contact with air traffic controllers soon after takeoff
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Lion Air flight JT-610 lost contact with air traffic controllers soon after takeoff[/caption]

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