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Boeing Rolls Out New Safety Features Following Ethiopia Airlines Crash
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Boeing Rolls Out New Safety Features Following Ethiopia Airlines Crash

Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft will be outfitted with a warning light for malfunctions in the anti-stall system  to avert fatal crashes, standardizing a feature previously sold as an optional extra. The development comes as the manufacturer struggles to cope with the fallout from both the Indonesia crash and another in Ethiopia this month, which have cast a spotlight on the safety certification process and shaken confidence in a plane that is crucial to its future plans.   The Ethiopia Airlines came down shortly after take off en route to Nairobi, killing all passengers and  crew     Known as a "disagree light," this safety feature will become standard and is among the modifications the company will present to US authorities and clients in the coming days, the source said on condition of anonymity.   Neither the Lion Air aircraft which crashed in Indonesia, nor the Ethiopian Airlines jet, had the feature, the source said. More than 300 people perished in the two cases.   American Airlines, which operates 24 737 MAX 8, had bought the option, anticipating potential malfunctions.   Modifications are in the final stages but Boeing wants to be certain this meets the expectations of regulators and customers, the industry source said.   The warning light will be activated if sensors transmit incorrect data to the plane's Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), which is intended to detect and correct stalls by reducing the aircraft's pitch.   Preliminary results in the investigation into October's Lion Air crash in Indonesia indicate an "angle of attack" sensor, which feeds data to the MCAS, had malfunctioned.   But despite malfunctioning, the sensor continued transmitting data to the plane's onboard electronics, including the MCAS.