Daniel Halliday
Mar 14 ยท Last update 2 mo. ago.
Is the reaction to the Boeing 737 MAX 8 justified?
Following the second crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in five months in Ethiopia this week, is this aircraft safe? Ethiopian, Chinese, Indonesian and other aviation authorities immediately grounded all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft due to safety concerns, and the US eventually followed suit, but aviation experts seem divided on the matter. As the damaged black box is scoured for information, what do you think of this case and the earlier Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October, and what are the wider implications of this crash?
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More needs to be done

The international call to ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft was justified but that is merely to stop this issue leading to a third tragedy, and the reaction to this second disaster needs to go much further. The next step needs to include not only an investigation into the crash, currently being undertaken by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority with help from France, but investigations into Boeing and the United States Federal Aviation Administration that have continually claimed the safety of the aircraft need to go ahead also. The preliminary report shows that the crew carried out all of the extra procedures that Boeing stated would stop the Indonesian flight crash scenario repeating itself. However staff failed to regain control of the aircraft. This makes the grounding of all 737 aircraft justified and means that more investigating needs to be carried out following this investigation by Ethiopian civil Aviation Authority.

cnet.com/news/boeings-737-max-8-all-about-the-aircraft-flight-ban-and-investigations

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The crash in Ethiopia was probably due to a software issue and may or may not be related to the Indonesian crash less than six month previously. Boeing have insisted the aircraft is safe, but claimed that flight control software is what needed upgrading and they have stated that it is looking to update their computer systems in aircraft worldwide. However all American aircraft have already had such an upgrade and will not be susceptible to the same computer system failure, making this response premature and overly cautious.

aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2019/03/safe-boeing-737-max-8-aircraft-190313181501069.html

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It is justified, safety before profit

Two devastating crashes in five months, in different countries, operated by unrelated airlines indicates the likelihood of a bigger issue at play, a problem with the aircraft or software. Even if that is not the case precautions should be taken regardless of difficulty or cost. You are putting your life in the hands of others when flying at the end of the day, relying on the skills and consistency of everyone involved, more should be done to make information clear to the public about safety records, aircraft used and who is flying planes. Likewise Boeing and all manufacturers should be taking issues like this a lot more seriously, with greater high speed train technology on the horizon reputation may be a lot more valuable moving forward than some companies seems to think. usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/03/13/boeing-737-max-8-pilots-voiced-safety-concerns-before-ethiopia-crash/3145393002

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