Boeing upgrading software in new 737s after deadly crashes

Boeing upgrading software in new 737s after deadly crashes
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Boeing announced late Monday that it would upgrade software systems in the company's 737 Max 8 airliners after one of the models was involved in a deadly crash in Ethiopia that killed 157 people.

The company didn't reference Sunday's crash in the announcement, according to Reuters, which reportedly stated that Boeing had “been developing a flight control software enhancement for the 737 Max, designed to make an already safe aircraft even safer.”

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The new software patch “will be deployed across the 737 Max fleet in the coming weeks,” the company said, according to Reuters.

Sunday's crash was the second deadly accident involving a Boeing 737 Max airliner within six months. A separate incident last year killed 189 people.

Several nations including Australia and South Korea have temporarily grounded the aircraft, according to news reports, while U.S. authorities have cautioned that such an action is premature.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which issued a notice that the 737 Max airliners were safe for continued use, announced Monday that the model would be required to undergo “design changes” by April, according to Reuters.

Sunday's accident, which occurred shortly after takeoff, is still under investigation.

“There are no survivors onboard the flight, which carried passengers from 33 countries,” Ethiopian state media said following the crash.