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Audio reveals pilots angrily confronting Boeing about 737 Max feature before second deadly crash
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(CNN)Just months before a second deadly crash of a Boeing 737 Max airplane, American Airlines pilots angrily confronted a Boeing official about a computerized anti-stall system that preliminary reports have now implicated in both deadly wrecks, audio obtained by CBS News reveals.
The meeting between the pilots and Boeing happened in November -- just weeks after an October crash of a Lion Air 737 Max into the Java Sea, and four months before a 737 Max operated by Ethiopian Air crashed in Ethiopia.
On the audio, a Boeing official is heard telling pilots that software changes were coming, perhaps in as little as six weeks, but that the company didn't want to hurry the process.
The pilots indicated they weren't aware of the 737 Max's computerized stability program -- the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS.
"We flat out deserve to know what is on our airplanes," a pilot is heard saying.
"I don't disagree," the unidentified Boeing official answers.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/us/t ... e=Homepage
An airline whose planes were involved in two deadly crashes in one week in a remote part of Alaska has voluntarily suspended operations, the Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday.
The airline, Taquan Air, which sells sightseeing tours to cruise ship passengers and also carries passengers and cargo across rural Alaska, suspended operations after a crash on Monday that killed two people, the authorities said. Six others were killed in a midair collision involving one of its planes last week.
The most recent crash occurred when a small floatplane, a de Havilland Beaver, flipped over upon landing on Metlakatla Harbor, south of Ketchikan, in southeast Alaska, the F.A.A. said. Taquan Air did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.
Both people on the plane were killed: the pilot, whose name has not been released, and an epidemiologist identified Tuesday by her employer, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, as Sarah Luna.
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