Pilots complained to authorities about issues with the Boeing 737 Max for months before the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash

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  • Several pilots made at least five complaints about Boeing 737 Max 8 planes in the months leading up to the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday, the second crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 in recent months.
  • One captain complained about the plane’s autopilot system, calling the flight manual “inadequate and almost criminally insufficient.”
  • “The fact that this airplane requires such jury rigging to fly is a red flag,” another pilot said in November.
  • Boeing has suffered harsh backlash over its 737 Max planes, and several countries and airlines have grounded them for inspection.

Several pilots made at least five complaints about Boeing 737 Max 8 planes in the months leading up to the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday, the second crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 in recent months.

US records show that at least five complaints were lodged with federal authorities in recent months, with one captain even calling the flight manual “inadequate and almost criminally insufficient,” according to the Dallas Morning News.

The complaints were made in the Federal Aviation Administration’s incident database which allows pilots to report issues about aviation incidents anonymously.

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