New flaw discovered on Boeing 737 Max, sources say

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Employees work on a Boeing 737 Max plane at a factory in Renton, Washington. Its testing procedures are created to find and "highlight potential risks", the FAA said.

The information comes from Reuters, which claims the FAA discovered a second flaw with the Boeing 737 Max during a simulator test conducted last week.

United said it would not use the plane until 3 September, forcing the cancellation of 1,900 scheduled flights with the planes which have been grounded due to two deadly crashes within five months.

The aircraft has been grounded since March.

FAA representatives had told members of the aviation industry last month that approval of the 737 MAX jets could happen as early as late June.

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Reuters, which first reported the new issue, said during an FAA pilot simulation in which the stall-prevention system was activated, it took longer than expected to recover the aircraft.

Boeing says in a statement that the company is working on the required software fix to address the FAA's request.

Exercises on a Boeing 737 Max simulator in recent days showed pilots might have difficulty responding to the newly identified failure, the person said.

Boeing's aircraft are being subjected to intense scrutiny and testing created to catch flaws even after a years-long certification process. Southwest Airlines and American Airlines had already made similar announcements - an acknowledgement that the plane won't return to flying as soon as the airlines had hoped.

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The flaw could result in the plane's nose pitching down, two people familiar with the matter told the Associated Press news agency.

Boeing said addressing the issue "will reduce pilot workload by accounting for a potential source of uncommanded stabilizer motion".

Boeing said it agrees with the FAA's decision and is working to fix the problem.

One said the latest setback is likely to delay the plane's return to service by an extra one to three months.

The US manufacturer on Wednesday confirmed that, during simulator tests on the embattled jetliners, the 737 Max's new control software would lock up a microprocessor resulting in the plane automatically entering a risky nosedive.

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