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(CNN)Years before the crash of Lion Air Flight 610 killed 189 people, a Boeing pilot struggled for 10 seconds with the same new system on the 737 Max jet that pushes the aircraft's nose down.

Those 10 seconds, a new investigation reveals, proved "catastrophic" to the flight in a Boeing simulator. The incident also serves as an eerie precursor to the October 2018 crash, in which the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System pushed the aircraft's nose down more than two dozen times while the pilots struggled to diagnose and counteract it.
The report on the 18-month investigation, published Wednesday by the House Transportation Committee, charges in a new level of detail that the plane-maker intentionally downplayed the significance of the MCAS computerized flight-control system, which it concluded had led to "346 unnecessary deaths," including in a second crash a few months later.
    The 246-page report goes into minute detail about the plane's design by Boeing and approval by the Federal Aviation Administration, and describes missed opportunities by the company to prevent the crashes. It details a litany of ways the plane-maker ensured that simulator training would not be required for many pilots -- which the House committee said makes the plane less safe. Boeing responded to the report by saying it has incorporated feedback from multiple investigations and reviews into its redesign of the aircraft and that it has "learned many hard lessons as a company from the accidents."Read More"The revised design of the MAX has received intensive internal and regulatory review, including more than 375,000 engineering and test hours and 1,300 test flights," Boeing said in a statement. "Once the FAA and other regulators have determined the MAX can safely return to service, it will be one of the most thoroughly-scrutinized aircraft in history, and we have full confidence in its safety." Designed by clowns: Boeing releases flood of troubling internal documents related to 737 MaxBut Michael Stumo, whose daughter Samya died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, accused the company of not living up to its promises of transparency. "They're still hiding the ball like they did before, like they did between the crashes when they kept the plane in the air -- and they knew the thing was a killer plane between the Lion Air crash and the Ethiopian air crash that killed my daughter," Stumo told CNN. The FAA did not immediately comment on the report. The new findings come as the grounded Max is in the final phases of testing before airlines can once again use it to carry passengers. The MCAS system figures prominently in both the Lion Air and the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 tragedies, as well as the conclusions reached by the Transportation Committee. While the committee has, since the crashes, pointed out concerns about communications between Boeing and its regulator, the report uncovers a previously unreported way the company concealed the nature of the stabilization system, which was designed to keep the latest version of its most widely used airplane from an aerodynamic stall. While Boeing employees internally referred to the new system as MCAS, the company resolved to refer to it externally as a modification to an existing system. "If we emphasize MCAS is a new function," reads a June 2013 email from a Boeing employee, "there may be greater certification and training impact."An employee wrote, "Externally we would communicate it as an addition to Speed Trim."The result, investigators said, was that Boeing "attempted to abolish any reference to MCAS from various Boeing documents" -- and even asked the FAA at least twice to remove MCAS references from documentation. The report was also critical of the FAA's oversight of the company, which included a program approved by Congress that allows Boeing employees to sign off for the FAA on meeting certain safety standards. Transportation Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio of Oregon said Tuesday that he is working on legislation to change that system. Investigators wrote that they had "documented several instances" of Boeing employees failing "to disclose important information to the FAA that could have enhanced the safety of the 737 MAX aircraft," including how the MCAS system was presented.
      Boeing's focus on developing a plane that wouldn't require simulator training was to the detriment not only of the pilots but also of the aircraft's safety itself, the investigators said. For example, company officials rejected including a synthetic airspeed indicator in the cockpit because that new feature "may have jeopardized the no simulator training goal." "The problem is it was compliant but not safe, and people died," DeFazio said. He believes the focus on avoiding simulator training "drove a whole lot of really bad decisions internally at Boeing."

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      (Reuters) - Simona Halep said she had found inner calm during tennis's coronavius shutdown and that she had returned to the courts with more maturity and perspective on the game.

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      Halep won the Dubai title before the WTA Tour's suspension in March and lifted the Prague crown on its resumption, before claiming another crown in Rome on Monday to emerge as the front runner for the French Open Grand Slam, which begins on Sunday.

      "The pandemic got me in a place that I really dreamed to be," the world number two told the WTA Insider Podcast. (https://www.wtatennis.com/news/1838555/champions-corner-halep-reminisces-in-rome)

      "I'm more mature, more relaxed because I could see that the most difficult things are in life in general, not in sport. So being able to do this as good as I do in the last seven years, it's a big thing."

      Halep, 28, said her first Rome title, which she won when Karolina Pliskova retired due to injury, was the culmination of a dream she had since 2013, though she was a much different person now.

      "Back then I was fighting with everyone, with myself, the opponent, the ball, the racquet, the weather, the crowd, the team... so I have many on the list," the Romanian added.

      "Now I tell myself I'm much better in that direction ... I have to fight with the opponent because I face an opponent."

      And while many have her as the favourite for a second title at Roland Garros after her 2018 triumph, Halep said she would take it one match at a time.

      "If people think I'm a favourite, I'm not thinking about that because every match it's a battle and everyone wants to get it so badly," she added. "So I'm focusing on my game like I did here, like I did in Prague. I'm not stressing about results."

      (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)


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