Daniel Halliday
Mar 14 · Last update 5 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.

Problems seem to go further than just 737 aircraft however, follow recent reports of similar problems occurring on test flights of Boeing's new 777X, an aircraft still under development. But following numerous investigations being launched both internationally and within the US government Boeing has maintained that it informed the regulatory body, the FAA, multiple times, as Boeing CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, maintains that wrongdoing is shared by the FAA and the pilots involved in the disaster. However if this is the case there needs to be a number of serious investigations conducted, including an investigation into the lack flight system information that many pilots that were flying the Max 8 raised concern over, an investigation into how the 737 MAX 8 achieved government approval in the first place, and why it has taken two tragic crashes for this to be fully investigated, more needs to be done.

cnet.com/news/boeings-737-max-8-all-about-the-aircraft-flight-ban-and-investigations edition.cnn.com/2019/09/10/business/boeing-777x-safety-test/index.html smh.com.au/business/companies/boeing-says-faa-was-told-multiple-times-of-changes-to-737-max-as-spat-intensifies-20191021-p532km.html seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/u-s-pilots-flying-737-max-werent-told-about-new-automatic-systems-change-linked-to-lion-air-crash

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https://www.cnet.com/news/boeings-737-max-8-all-about-the-aircraft-flight-ban-and-investigations/ https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/10/business/boeing-777x-safety-test/index.html https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/boeing-says-faa-was-told-multiple-times-of-changes-to-737-max-as-spat-intensifies-20191021-p532km.html https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/u-s-pilots-flying-737-max-werent-told-about-new-automatic-systems-change-linked-to-lion-air-crash/

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.

Reputation is exactly what is being damaged as Boeing have seen a 4% drop in stocks since slowing production to deal with the drop in demand due to international grounding of the aircraft. Also, since the reconstruction of the plane black box recorder it has become clear that the cause of the Ethiopian 737 crash is the same as the Indonesian crash, the planes faulty MCAS flight system in the aircraft. The revelation of the cause and the uncovering of evidence of covering up of test pilot's earlier concerns regarding the 737's MCAS system by Boeing have been described as “absolutely outrageous” and “a smoking gun of Boeing wrongdoing” by House Transport Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio, who is leading an independent investigation to ensure accountability. In light of this damning evidence concerns over the aircrafts safety are defiantly justified, and Boeing should seek to pay damages to the bereaved as they have clearly place profit before safety in the manufacture of the Boeing 737 MAX 8.

usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/03/13/boeing-737-max-8-pilots-voiced-safety-concerns-before-ethiopia-crash/3145393002 articles2.marketrealist.com/2019/07/boeing-stock-fell-4-more-737-max-concerns fox17online.com/2019/10/18/messages-from-former-boeing-test-pilot-reveal-max-concerns

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/03/13/boeing-737-max-8-pilots-voiced-safety-concerns-before-ethiopia-crash/3145393002/ https://articles2.marketrealist.com/2019/07/boeing-stock-fell-4-more-737-max-concerns/ https://fox17online.com/2019/10/18/messages-from-former-boeing-test-pilot-reveal-max-concerns/

Unjustified in the United States

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.

As investigations are on-going into the crash it is still difficult to judge, but in the mean time the debate and the grounding of planes internationally is wreaking havoc on Boeing as a company and is bad publicity for the whole industry. Experts however remain divided on the issue, former managing director of the National Transportation Safety Board, Peter Goelz, told CNN that it was premature for the US to ground all 737 aircraft, President Trump passing an executive order in March 2019 following international pressure from countries grounding all 737 Max 8 aircraft. Likewise the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the US’ civil aviation regulation authority, certified the continued use of the 737 after the second crash, believing it to be safe, it was therefore too early and unjustified for Trump to pass this particular executive order.

aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2019/03/safe-boeing-737-max-8-aircraft-190313181501069.html edition.cnn.com/2019/03/11/politics/faa-boeing-safe/index.html nbcnews.com/news/us-news/major-u-s-airlines-also-fly-new-type-boeing-jet-n981771

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