Southwest pilots say extra training required after 737 MAX software update

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CHICAGO (Reuters) – Southwest Airlines Co’s pilot union said on Wednesday that extra computer-based training would be required as a result of a planned update to the software on the Boeing Co 737 MAX, and it was seeking additional information for pilots.

Boeing has been working on a software update to an anti-stall system called MCAS since a Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia in October.

That effort has become urgent after a second 737 MAX 8 crashed in Ethiopia last week and regulators grounded the global fleet of the aircraft.

Reporting by Tracy Rucinski; Writing by Jamie Freed; Editing by Clarence Fernandez