Boeing didn’t advise airlines, FAA that it shut off warning system

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"These lawsuits will demonstrate the shortcuts and greed of Boeing and others as well as the utter disregard of the passengers they were to protect that could have avoided this tragic crash". One of the speakers was Manant Vaidya, a Canadian of Indian descent who lost six family members in the Ethiopia crash.

The families have also filed a claim against the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, alleging the regulator enabled the plane's rush to market.

These are the latest among numerous lawsuits filed on behalf of dozens of crash victims.

United States regulators considered grounding some Boeing 737 MAX planes past year after learning belatedly of a problem with a system that is now the main suspect in two deadly crashes, a source close to the matter said.

Friends and family of Samya Stumo, one of the victims in the Ethiopian crash, held placards reading: "Prosecute Boeing and Executives for Manslaughter". The tragedy occurred a mere five months after the almost-identical crash of a Lion Air flight saw all 189 passengers and crew killed.

"The question is: Will they need to rebrand? We don't know how much the general public actually knows what a 737 Max is", said Johnson outside the meeting.

The Seattle-based aerospace giant is now jockeying for quick new regulatory approval as well as a training package and software update to fix the 737's MCAS anti-stall system after it was found that software errors and inadequate training were responsible for both crashes.

Boeing has acknowledged that the accidental firing of the software based on bad sensor data was a common link in the separate chains of events leading to the two accidents. "We know we can break that link in the chain, that is a link that we own". "It's our responsibility to eliminate this risk", Muilenburg told shareholders.

WestJet says that it has adjusted flight times on some routes or substituted larger aircraft with fewer flights, but that it needed to suspend a small number of routes where no alternative aircraft were available.

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"Regardless of when the aircraft are approved to return to service, we will provide nothing less than 100 per cent assurance to our guests and WestJetters that all processes, procedures and decisions will to be made with safety at the forefront". "Every day, we try to get better", Muilenburg said.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg stuck to his positions on the safety of the 737 MAX airplane today during a contentious annual shareholders' meeting and news conference in Chicago.

A Boeing 737 Max 8 sits outside the hangar during a media tour at the Boeing plant in Renton, Wash., on December 8, 2015.

The system in question, officially known as the angle of attack (AOA) disagree light, is basically an indicator at a plane's control board.

"I am very focused on safety going forward", he said after the meeting when reporters asked if he had considered resigning.

"My clear intent is to continue to lead on the front of safety and quality and integrity", he replied.

Capt. Jason Goldberg, who flies for American Airlines and is a spokesman for its union, told NPR that while it's true pilots train to overcome problems with a plane's pitch adjustment systems, a malfunctioning MCAS system creates other distracting problems.

Some pilots have warned that draft training proposals do not go far enough to address their concerns.

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