Report: Pilot who hitched a ride saved doomed 737 on next-to-last flight

Canada and the European Union are refusing to operate Boeing 737 Max planes as the investigations into the downed Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610 continue.
3:16 | 03/20/19

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Transcript for Report: Pilot who hitched a ride saved doomed 737 on next-to-last flight
So we have the latest on Boeing 737. Max Janet. Now both Canada and the European Union are saying they will not allow allow any of these planes to fly in their airspace. Until changes are approved so David Curley is at Reagan international airport with a closer look. Tim quite a lot to report about on the Ethiopian investigation and these 273 max's that if crash let's first start. With some of the details that have come out about that first crash we're hearing from Reuters that they've spoken with somebody who is familiar. With the cockpit voice recorder in the first 737 Max that crashed. Because at the time of wonder report came out they had not found that box but according to the recording. The pilot and co pilot were fumbling with their quick reference guide because the plane. Was in this nose dive based on bad data the computer was. Nosing down they kept on going through the guide the procedure according to Boeing and US trained pilots as to basically shut off that system. They didn't do it and crash Bloomberg also reporting that we knew on the flight the day before in that same aircraft in Indonesia they have the same problem. And apparently. According to Bloomberg it was actually a pilot who was along for the ride in the jump seat who told the captain the co pilot pay the procedure is to shut up the system they shut it off. And continued the flight. There now a lot of investigations being watched the Department of Transportation has said that its inspector general is now looking into the way. That this aircraft the 737 Max is certified by the FAA it may be a broad look. FAA's been using the process for the past couple of decades which is a collaborative. Process with the manufacturer they may focus in though on this actual system that was involved in the lion aircraft that first crashed. Which is an anti stall safety system which kicked in based on bad data. That the problem with it according to many experts is that it asked the aircraft to be something very severe deep dive to try and keep out of a stall and that point of it is that it's one point of data. That can cause that NN lion air it was bad data told the computer in the computer do it would it did have a software update that is coming from Boeing one have multiple points of data. That's software update supposed to be out in the next couple of weeks Cappy solely so captain Sully Sullenberger now Chiming in as well he's written an op Ed saying that the FAA and Boeing are too cozy too cozy the relationship. Pointing out that he believes that at times when FAA certification officers appointed out some things they've been overridden. By FAA management so a number investigations underway as we still wait. For the investigators here in oddest of a Baath. Apparently starting to get some of the data looking at some of the data with the Ethiopians have they got it extracted in France and to get back to Addis Ababa. Were waiting to get the raw data so that the US and European investigators can take that raw data. Plug it through their computers and figure out are these two crashes actually related was this same system involved in both. Although there's no final report in that first crash we basically know it was bad maintenance a faulty sensor and pilot error that caused the crash. And the software update coming for this system that was involved in that first crash we don't know if it's actually involved in the senate Democrat Jim back to you. Taking data.

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