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Boeing 737 Max 8

By SnrMgr at 13 days ago • 0 collector • 8 pageviews

US pilots who fly the Boeing 737 Max have registered complaints about the way the jet has performed in flight, according to a federal database accessed by CNN.

In one of the complaints, a captain reported an autopilot anomaly which led to a brief nose-down situation -- where the front of the aircraft pointed down, according to the federal database. In another complaint, a first officer reported that the aircraft pitched nose down after the autopilot was engaged during departure. The autopilot was then disconnected and flight continued to its destination, according to the database.

Although the data doesn't identify the pilots or their airlines, two US carriers fly the 737 Max 8: American Airlines and Southwest.

Extraordinary worldwide attention has been focused on the jet -- Boeing's biggest-selling airliner -- after Sunday's crash of a new Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8, minutes after takeoff from Addis Abba, which killed all 157 people on board. Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 was the second deadly crash of the same new plane type within five months. The crash of Lion Air Flight 610 shortly after takeoff from Jakarta last October killed all 189 people on board.

It's very early in the investigation of the Ethiopian Airlines crash and information from the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, which have been recovered from the crash site, has not yet been analyzed. Because of that, it's too soon to know if direct evidence exists linking the two plane crashes.

On Tuesday, Ethiopian Airlines' CEO Tewolde GebreMariam told CNN's Richard Quest the pilot said he "had flight control problems" immediately before the 737 Max 8 crashed Sunday.

Nonetheless, much of the world's aviation regulators have grounded the 737 Max -- either the Max 8 or both the 8 and 9 version -- which is a longer model of the Max flown by US-based United Airlines. All three airlines say the plane is safe and have continued to fly it. The FAA has so far declined to ground the plane.

Southwest Airlines' pilots union is standing by the airline's decision to continue to fly the Max. Southwest has 34 737 Max 8s -- the largest fleet in the US. American operates 24 Max 8s and United flies 14 Max 9s.

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