The Boeing latest jets after several crashes has now become a major concern for a number of Airlines who have recently acquired the ‘737 Max’
It is expected of Airplane Manufacturers to ensure the utmost safety of lives during the production of an airplane, however, this may not be totally achievable in rear cases like the recent Boeing jets, which seems to be a major concern for a lot of Airlines, especially those who have recently acquired the most recent ‘737 Max’ as it is been referred to by the company.
Just recently, four of the latest Boeing jets have been involved in a series of deadly crashes with the inclusion of the Boeing 737 Original (737-100/200), Boeing 737 Classic (737-300/-400/-500), Boeing 737 Next Generation (737-600/-700/-800/-900) and Boeing 737 Max (737-MAX -7/-8/-200/-9/-10) series of aircraft. The 737 Max which belongs to the Ethiopian Airline marks the latest, occurring on the noon of Sunday, 10th of March 2019.
The Ethiopian Airplane reportedly crashed almost after the take-off, and with a total of 157 passengers on board, the Boeing 737 Max lined up as yet another deadly crash in the name of the company. The Boeing jets, however, tops the record of the deadliest crashes ever, with a maximum of 747 passengers on board as recorded in 1977 by Los Rodeos Airport. The just-Ethiopian crash also marks the second in the name of the company over the space of five (5) months and it has now become a reason to have doubt in the company. in October last year, a 737 Max 8 operated by budget airline Lion Air crashed shortly after takeoff, killing 189 people.
After the crash on Sunday noon, it became more worrisome that the two Max 8 failures belonging to various Airline could be related to a similar factory error. Officials haven’t linked the two crashes yet, and investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are expecting to learn more after recovering the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder from the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
The Ethiopian crash has further raised other concerns, for instance, Indonesian and American aviation authorities have raised the possibility that Lion Air Flight 610’s crash was because of pilots fighting an automated anti-stall software in the Max model that may have been erroneously activated by incorrect flight data, according to The New York Times. Other operators could also ground flights that are scheduled to use Boeing’s 737 airplanes. On Sunday, Cayman Airways said it would discontinue the use of its two 737 aircraft in response to the crash.
After the Lion Air crash, Boeing has discussed updating the software in its 737 Max planes. The flight that crashed on Sunday was the first of the day for the plane; the experienced crew told controllers they were having technical problems with the plane shortly before the crash. However, Boeing issued a statement expressing condolences for the lives lost in both crashes, and it said it would be delaying the scheduled unveiling of its new 777X jetliner. Boeing announced last week that the 777X, which can carry as many as 425 passengers, would make its debut this coming Wednesday. It described it as “the largest, most efficient twin-engine jet” on the planet.
According to a mail sent to The Verge, a reliable source close to the Airplane Manufacturer, a spokesperson for the Chicago-based company reiterated that “safety is our number one priority,” but they noted that Boeing will not issue any guidance related to the 737 Max 8 airplanes.
“We have engaged our customers and regulators on concerns they may have — and would refer you to them to discuss their operations and decisions,” Boeing spokesperson Paul R. Bergman said. “Safety is our number one priority and we are taking every measure to fully understand all aspects of this accident, working closely with the investigating team and all regulatory authorities involved. The investigation is in its early stages, but at this point, based on the information available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators.”
— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) March 10, 2019
Prior to the crashes, Boeing had received a number Mixed-feedbacks in respect to the 737 Max series. Although, during 2018, the company had increased production to 52 airplanes per month in order to meet increased demand. The 737 Max family also achieved a sales milestone in December, surpassing 5,000 net orders with 181 new sales in December, Boeing said.
It was also reported that Boeing was marketing its 737 Max airplanes as more fuel efficient than standard twin-engine jets. Improvements in hardware and software were meant to reduce fuel use and CO2 emissions by “at least 14 percent compared to today’s Next-Generation 737s – and by 20 percent more than the single-aisle airplanes they replace,” the company said recently.
On this note, it is pretty difficult to put a ‘full stop’ at the end of this article as the investigation is still ongoing, and the necessary update will be included as the events unfold.