Spotlight On Boeing After Second Fatal 737 MAX Crash

by Chris Dong

For the second time in the last six months, another brand-new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft has crashed.

Earlier this morning, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nairobi, Kenya crashed shortly after takeoff. All 147 passengers and 8 crew members onboard died.

The aircraft was a four month-old 737 MAX delivered back in November 2018.

The tragedy follows a Lion Air flight that went down in the Java Sea, also shortly after takeoff. That incident happened in late October, killing all 189 people on board. That Lion Air flight was also operated by a new 737 MAX.

General Unease, Too Soon To Make Assumptions

The 737 MAX is an aircraft that began flying for Boeing less than two years ago. Both Boeing and investigators will be sure to look into whether these crashes are linked in any way.

In the last incident with Lion Air, the jet was found to have a number of indication issues including incorrect data from the jet’s airspeed indicators and a sensor that reports the angle of the plane’s nose. Boeing later sent out a bulletin to 737 MAX operators about possible erroneous angle-of-attack information, and procedures for dealing with it.

Boeing released a statement a short time ago.

The accident has also triggered general unease amongst flyers. The replies on Boeing’s original tweet already has sparked hundreds of calls to ground the 737 MAX until investigators determine the cause.

There is no immediate evidence as to what triggered this crash but this is what we do know so far.

  • Pilot reported difficulties and asked air traffic control to turn back.
  • Vertical speed was unstable after takeoff
  • There were clear skies and calm weather conditions at the time of the crash.
  • Ethiopian will not be grounding its five other 737 MAXs that it operates. It also has 30 MAXs on order.

It’s sad news this morning from Ethiopia, and I guess we will see how Boeing will respond quite soon. For now I’m chalking this one up as a coincidence, and although I’m slightly uneasy, will continue flying the MAX.

 

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James March 10, 2019 - 9:59 am

I decided to avoid the 737 max when I leaned the Boeing has secretely implemented the new computer system MCAS to prevent stalls without telling anyone. The 737 was designed before jetways so it sits close to the ground. To accommodate the large diameter engines on the 737 max Boeing had to move the engines forward. This shifted the center of gravity for the pane and created a stall problem.

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FabinhoBP March 10, 2019 - 11:11 am

I just found out that my daughter is flying from DCA to MIA next Saturday and the aircraft assigned is a B737Max.
I am taking no chances, so I just went on line and bought her a new ticket flying the A319.
I just flew MIA/DEN this past week on a B737Max, however until these 2 crashes are explained, we will be avoiding this aircraft at all costs.

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Yinka March 10, 2019 - 5:38 pm

These aircrafts needs to be grounded ASAP. Technically something is wrong with that aircraft, I or any of my family will never fly that aircraft until full investigation of the crashes are completed.

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