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Reports: Boeing to put additional safety feature in 737 Max aircraft

Boeing Co. will install an additional cockpit warning light in new 737 Max airplanes and retrofit older ones in a bid to assure the public of the aircraft's safety after two fatal crashes in recent months, the Financial Times reported, citing a source familiar with the situation.

The safety feature will alert pilots of a faulty angle-of-attack sensor, which was believed to be a factor in the Lion Air plane crash off Indonesia in October 2018 that killed 189 people.

The warning light was previously an optional purchase and will be offered as a standard feature as part of Boeing's software fix for the 737 Max fleet, Reuters also reported, citing officials briefed on the matter.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which had grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 and 737 Max 9 jets, said March 20 that investigations found "some similarities" between the Lion Air crash and the Ethiopian Airlines crash earlier this month, which resulted in 157 deaths.