Families of the Ethiopian Airlines victims have barely begun dealing with their grief.
And Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger - noted for his safe landing of a damaged plane on the Hudson River in NY without loss of life - questioned the lack of experience of the Ethiopian first officer on the doomed flight, who reportedly had only 200 hours of flight time.
No more than two minutes later, the air traffic controller was in communication with other aircraft when the voice from Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 interrupted, saying "break, break" - signaling that other non-urgent communications should cease.
Transport Canada issued a safety notice on Wednesday restricting commercial use of the aircraft, citing new information from satellite tracking data that suggested "a possible, although unproven" similarity to the deadly Lion Air crash involving the same aircraft in October. The person was not permitted to disclose details of the investigation that have not been made public.
"It has been obvious since the Lion Air crash that a redesign of the 737 MAX 8 has been urgently needed. and the announced proposed fixes do not go far enough". It is too early to know whether the software or something else tilted the stabilizers up on the doomed Ethiopian plane.
Boeing plans to release upgraded software for its 737 Max in a week to 10 days, sources familiar with the matter said.
That would be quicker than expected. A link between the two accidents makes blame more likely to lie with Boeing and less likely with the airline.
In a statement, Boeing said it had "full confidence" in the plane.
Boeing aimed to finish the work in April.
Ethiopian Airlines says their pilots received special training on the software.
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"They were working toward a solution. It's just in the Ethiopian case, it occurred right after takeoff and continued", said Jeff Guzzetti, former National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator.
Then they had to write new software code, test it - first in the lab, then on a 737 Max simulator, finally in a flying plane.
"All airlines in the world should be well aware of the problem", Krause said. "I think they are being very methodical".
Norwegian Air CEO Bjorn Kjos has said his airline will seek compensation from Boeing.
Experts say pilots typically ask to climb when experiencing problems near the ground in order to gain margin for maneuver and avoid any hard terrain. Those numbers depend on how long the planes end up parked.
The grounding of planes has left US and Canadian carriers wrestling with customer calls and flight cancellations. Meanwhile, the investigation into a cause is well underway.
Boeing has $7.6 billion in cash, but new revenue could face a hit because the company suspended deliveries of the Max on Thursday. United Airlines, with 14 MAXes and Canada's WestJet Airlines, which operates 13 of the jets could not be immediately reached for comment.
Dallas-based Southwest also canceled five flights at Orlando International Airport on Friday, Fennell said, although she was unsure how many were affected by the grounding. The airline said in a securities filing Friday that the financial and operational impact of the grounding will increase if it lasts into the peak summer travel season.
Experts say pilots typically ask to climb when experiencing problems near the ground in order to gain margin for maneuver and avoid any hard terrain.
Identifying the remains of the 157 people killed in an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash may take up to six months, the airline said in a document seen by AFP on Saturday.