Dozens of airlines and countries from around the world, including the EU, have halted flights of Boeing 737 Max 8 jets after a deadly crash in Ethiopia which in fact is the second crash in similar conditions in the last six months.
250 of the existing 370 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets were grounded. American pilots complained to authorities for months about perceived safety problems with the same aircraft. The captain of a November 2018 flight called part of the aircraft’s flight manual “inadequate and almost criminally insufficient.” Records show that federal aviation authorities received at least 11 reports concerning the Boeing 737 MAX 8 from professional aviators logged between April 2018 and December 2018.
Image from the latest crash site
Both flights crashed after experiencing drastic speed fluctuations during ascent, with their pilots trying to return to ground after takeoff. Airline officials in the United States have so far resisted pressure for the moment. Boeing has sold nearly 400 of the airliners, including 74 to domestic carriers, and has taken orders for thousands more. Calls from Congress to ban Boeing 737 Max 8 from the U.S. airspace begin to grow. A decision is expected.
President Trump ordered Wednesday ban of the Boeing 737 Max 8 jets in America.