Plane crash probe has begun in Paris Ethiopian Airlines

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Boeing plans to release upgraded software for its 737 MAX in a week to 10 days, sources familiar with the matter said. It is too early to know whether the software or something else tilted the stabilizers up on the doomed Ethiopian plane. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Boeing's conversations with airline officials were not meant to be made public. On Wednesday Russia was followed by Kazakhstan after the country's Civil Aviation Committee said it would ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets beginning Wednesday.

Shortly after the Ethiopian accident and despite the Boeing's assurances that the plane is safe and reliable, Ethiopia, Singapore, China, France, Ireland, Germany, Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia all temporarily suspended the 737 MAX.

Air Canada and United Airlines on Friday became the first major carriers in North America to warn of negative financial implications to business as a outcome of the grounding of the Boeing planes. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board sent three investigators to help French authorities.

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There are steps a pilot can take if the MCAS turns on in error.

Five of Southwest Airline's grounded Boeing 737 Max jets are parked at Orlando International Airport as the FAA investigates two crashes connected to the aircraft.

The U.S. planemaker has been working on a software upgrade for an anti-stall system and pilot displays on its fastest-selling jetliner in the wake of the deadly Lion Air crash.

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"He said he had a flight control problem". Others carriers say it's too early for them to say whether they will because they can not yet estimate lost revenue and extra costs. Because the Max is so new, it accounts for a small percentage of the global fleet of about 24,000 airliners.

The grounding of boeing›s 737 MAX jets after the crash in Ethiopia has had no immediate financial impact on airlines using the planes, but it will get painful for the industry the longer they do not fly, companies and analysts said on Friday.

U.S. bank Citi said it expected the grounding to eat into the profits of Southwest Airlines, which operates the world›s biggest 737 MAX fleet, leaving the carrier facing a plane shortage and likely passenger compensation costs.

There are about 370 Max jets now parked at airlines around the world, including 72 in the United States.

A preliminary review of the device and how it was configured at the time of the crash indicated that it was set to push down the nose, according to the person, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the investigation.

Travel insurance companies expect a record number of claims from travellers whose flights scheduled on the Max planes have been cancelled.

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