U.S. airlines have been ordered by the FAA to install software designed to prevent a dangerous takeoff scenario with the Boeing 777. According to the FAA, the plane can become unwieldy if pilots attempt to take off with the autopilot engaged. As a result, some pilots have aborted takeoff at dangerously high speed. The FAA has counted nine such incidents since 1995. During the same period, Boeing points out, 777s have completed some 4.8 million flights with no accidents attributed to autopilot issues. About 150 of the aircraft are operated by U.S. airlines, though the order could affect some 800 planes worldwide if other countries adopt the FAA rule.
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