On March 10th, 2019, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed a few minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board. This followed the October crash of Lion Air Flight 610 in Indonesia that killed all 189 passengers and crew. The plane involved in both crashes is the Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner, one of the best-selling airplanes in history.
In response, airline regulators around the world have grounded the plane as investigators continue to sift through the wreckage of both crashes to determine what went wrong. That investigation is ongoing, but it has focused on the Max 8’s stall-prevention system, apparent maintenance lapses, and potential pilot error.
Boeing’s response has been to update the Max 8’s flight control systems, pilot displays, operation manuals, and crew training. But the airline manufacturer and the Federal Aviation Administration are now facing questions about the certification, and criminal inquiries could be a result.
It seems unrelated to what caused the fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019
The Department of Justice says Boeing defrauded the United States by lying to the FAA
One of many accusations in a damning new Senate report
The troubled plane returns to the skies nearly two years after a pair of deadly crashes
New software, new manuals, and new procedures
The plane’s been grounded since March 2019
The plane has yet to be cleared by the FAA to return to passenger service
This new flaw might be a result of fixes to the previous problems.
Boeing is facing an uphill battle to get its troubled aircraft ungrounded
‘Would you put your family on a Max simulator trained aircraft? I wouldn’t.’
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It’s unclear how long the suspension will last
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Its 737 Max flights are now cancelled until 2020
Boeing doesn’t expect the plane to fly again until the fourth quarter
The airline follows United and Southwest, which have also canceled flights
The airline is now targeting bringing the aircraft back in early November
The fund won’t interfere with any lawsuits already filed by families, the company says
US airlines are split on what the FAA’s discovery means for the plane
Another safety setback for Boeing’s calamitous plane
United and Southwest have canceled flights through August, too
All eyes now focused on Boeing’s automated flight control software
The software update will change an automated system, and still has to go through flight testing
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Boeing will stop charging for one of the features following deadly crashes