Boeing Didn’t Tell Anyone When It Removed Warning System From 737 MAX

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane being built for India-based Jet Airways lands following a test flight, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Boeing Field in Seattle. Flight test and other non-passenger-bearing flights of the plane continue in the Seattle area where the plane is manufactured, as a world-wide grounding the the 737 MAX 8 continues, following fatal crashes of MAX 8's operated by Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - In this April 10, 2019, file photo a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane being built for India-based Jet Airways lands following a test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle. Boeing Co. reports earnings Wednesday, April 24.... FILE - In this April 10, 2019, file photo a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane being built for India-based Jet Airways lands following a test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle. Boeing Co. reports earnings Wednesday, April 24. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) MORE LESS
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April 29, 2019 8:24 a.m.

Boeing told neither Southwest Airlines, the biggest 737 MAX customer, nor the Federal Aviation Administration when it omitted an emergency alert system meant to tell pilots when sensors are malfunctioning in newer models of the plane.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, the alert told pilots when a sensor was misreading issues with the pitch of the plane’s nose, a malfunction directly linked to the two deadly crashes a few months back.

Southwest officials reportedly did not know about the lack of warning system until more than a year after the planes starting being flown in 2017, since Boeing did not update them that the newer models omitted the feature. Even the airline’s manuals contained the erroneous information.

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