FAA will order upgrades to Boeing 737NG autothrottle computers to correct what Dutch investigators concluded is a design anomaly that played a significant role in the February 2009 crash of a Turkish Airlines 737-800. FAA’s proposed mandate, set for publication March 3, would give operators 36 months to modify or replace certain 737NG autothrottle computers. A final directive would apply to 497 U.S.-registered aircraft, but is a sure bet to be adopted globally. The issue centers on a ...

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