FedEx crash reignites concerns over MD-11

The cargo jet that crashed in Tokyo on Monday is considered a workhorse of freight carriers worldwide, despite some pilot complaints that it is difficult to control in high winds. The MD-11 experienced a string of incidents before federal regulators urged a redesign of its flight-control software -- a fix that seemed to quiet complaints that the plane's computers tended to exaggerate cockpit commands. Passenger airlines retired their MD-11s due to their short range and poor fuel efficiency, but the model is still in widespread use among cargo companies.

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