First flown in 1967, Boeing Co.'s 737 has become the world's best-selling commercial aircraft. The fourth generation of 737s — known as the 737 Max — made its debut in 2017 when Indonesian discount carrier Lion Air became the first commercial operator. Yet two fatal crashes within five months — Lion Air flight 610 in October off the coast of Indonesia and Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 in March outside Addis Ababa — have put the 737's previously sound safety record under the microscope. 1. Which airlines have purchased the 737 Max?Plenty, but most orders have yet to be fulfilled. As of January, Boeing reported that it had delivered 350 of the single-aisle jets to 46 airlines. In total, orders from more than 80 operators exceed 5,000 planes. Most sales are the Max 8, the model involved in both crashes. (There's also, from smallest to biggest, a Max 7, 9 and 10.) The main operators include Southwest Airlines (31 in the fleet), American Airlines (22) and Air … [Read more...] about How many Boeing 737 Maxes are in the air and which airlines fly them?
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On March 10, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, killing all 189 people aboard. The behavior of the aircraft—a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airliner—was eerily similar to that of Lion Air Flight 610, which crashed on October 29, 2018. The Lion Air crash was caused in part by malfunctions in the 737 MAX 8's maneuvering characteristics augmentation system, or MCAS. In light of the Ethiopian Airlines crash, China's civil aviation authority ordered all Chinese airlines to ground their 737 MAX aircraft—a total of 96 aircraft purchased since Boeing began delivering the airframe in 2017. Indonesia's national transport safety committee (KNKT) has also ordered Indonesian carriers to ground their 737 MAX 8 aircraft until further notice. Déjà vu Flight 302 took off in good weather. But according to data from FlightRadar24, the aircraft quickly appeared to have problems with its ascent, with its vertical speed fluctuating between 1,472 feet … [Read more...] about Another 737 MAX jet crash prompts groundings by China, Indonesia, Ethiopia
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Bloomberg News March 11, 2019 Pressure on Boeing Co. escalated after the second deadly crash involving the newest version of its best-selling 737 jet in five months prompted China and Africa’s biggest air carrier to ground all flights of the aircraft.A day after Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed and killed all 157 people on board, the African carrier decided to halt all its 737 Max 8 planes until further notice. China ordered its carriers to ground all 96 of their aircraft involving the model by 6 p.m. local time. Elsewhere, Indonesia’s air safety regulator said it’s discussing the possibility of grounding the Boeing planes and South Korea began a special inspection of the aircraft.For Boeing, the latest disaster soon drew comparisons to a Lion Air crash in Indonesia that killed 189 people, pushing the Chicago-based planemaker a step closer to … [Read more...] about Multiple countries ground Boeing 737 Max jets after fatal crash
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Sarah Mervosh New York Times March 10, 2019 NEW YORK — When an airplane carrying at least 150 people crashed in Ethiopia on Sunday, killing all aboard, it was the second time in less than six months that this particular plane model was involved in a catastrophic accident.The plane, a Boeing 737 Max 8, was the same model that crashed in Indonesia in October, killing 189 people.In both cases, new planes faltered minutes after takeoff and plunged into a deadly descent, leaving no survivors. Advertisement The investigation into both cases is continuing, but the latest crash renewed questions about the safety of the 737 Max, which Boeing unveiled in 2017 and sells as a fuel-efficient, technologically advanced upgrade to its popular 737. Get Today's Headlines in your inbox: The day's top stories delivered every morning. Thank you for signing up! Sign … [Read more...] about A second deadly crash raises new questions on the Boeing 737 Max
An Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday morning was a Boeing 737 Max 8, the same model operated by Lion Air that crashed off Indonesia in October 2018. While it is too early to know what caused the Ethiopian Airlines crash, the fact that both planes crashed shortly after takeoff is among the things raising questions about the safety of the 737 Max 8.Ethiopian Airlines grounded its fleet of 737 Max 8s Monday, saying, "Although we don't yet know the cause of the accident, we had to decide to ground the particular fleet as (an) extra safety precaution."China did the same, at 9 a.m. Beijing time (9 p.m. EDT), for at least nine hours, and said it would consult with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing during that time. Eight Chinese nationals were on the plane that went down Sunday.Cayman Airways said Monday it was temporarily grounding both the 737 Max 8s it operates.Here are some answers to questions about the plane and what happened in both … [Read more...] about What to know about the Boeing 737 Max 8, the plane that’s crashed twice in 5 months