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Pilot Union says extra training needed for the Boeing 737 MAX flight crews

Chicago - Boeing is preparing to release a software update next week for the 737 MAX Flight Control System. Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA) says extra training will be required after the update.

The U.S. aircraft manufacturer has been working on a software update to the anti-stall system of the Boeing 737 MAX known as MCAS after a Lion Air 737 MAX 8 crashed last year in October in Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.

The update has now become critical after a second 737 MAX 8 accident in Ethiopia last week, killing 157 people.

The Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association said it had previewed the proposed training by Boeing, including a test required at the end of training. The Union wants the training and the test to be obligatory for all Southwest pilots before flying the 737 MAX again.

Southwest Airlines will receive its first Boeing 737 MAX simulator in July this year and then two more 737 MAX in October and three more in January 2021.

A spokesperson of the aircraft manufacturer said the training would be provided by Boeing experts.