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Boeing 737 Max: Miracle On The Hudson Hero Capt. Sullenberger Says Plane Needs More Updates To Be Safe

As Boeing awaits the ungrounding of its 737 Max planes following tests by the FAA to approve design updates made to the jet, celebrated pilot Capt. Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger said in an interview that those changes may not be enough to ensure complete safety of the jet. ( Plus d'info...

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Highflyer1950 3
We all like Sully but he seems to contradict himself a bit here: “ Sullenberger recalls that during his June, 2009, crash-landing on the Hudson, a failed sensor set off “rapidly cascading effects through multiple systems that quickly became confusing.”

Three months after the grounding of 737 Max, Sullenberger had appeared before the U.S. House Transportation Committee and criticized both the FAA and Boeing for lack of oversight during the Max’s certification.

The Hudson River landing hero also said in the interview that "neither the MAX nor the 737 NG have a modern crew-alerting system."

These rapidly cascading effects he talks about light up the CAS in a “Bus” like a christmas tree, so does he propose the same CAS for the Boeing to confuse a crew even more like the Airbus does? Anyone familiar with. “Crew Alerting System” knows the challenges faced when not one or two annunciators light up, but rather when 12 of them do as Sully quoted “the cascade effect”. Third AOA sensor would be nice however, the disagreement light wired to two AOA’s sensors should be sufficient as long as there is sufficient training in a procedure to follow up?
bentwing60 2
Excellent comment and analogy. Brings to mind a summation of a statement from Captain Richard Champion de Crespigny of QF32 fame, (A380, Changi), that immediately after the initial engine failure he flew what he knew what was 'left' of the airplane because there were so many EICAS, ECAM lights and audible alarms that it was impossible to ascertain quickly, what was 'gone'.

There were five fully qualified crew members on the flight deck at the time! The Captain, FO, Engineer and two Check Airmen. It took two hours in the hold to sort it out and burn off fuel for a still 50 tonnes overweight landing and the FO ran something like 100 different checklists in that time to sort out what worked and what didn't and how much runway they would need for an emergency landing.

Had they not worked all that out they could have killed more people that 2 737 Max's will even hold. And it took 18 months to return that aircraft to service.

As well, a shout out for Captain Al Haynes, sadly now gone west, and crew. Those guys knew what to do with throttles when the Merd hits the rotor!

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