Mar 11 2019
01:13 pm

Two Boeing 737 Max 8 jets have crashed in five months. One of the flights crashed in Jakarta, the other in Addis Ababa. Three hundred forty six people have died in the Boeing plane crashes.

bizgrrl's picture

Aviation in general is having

Aviation in general is having concerns lately.

There were two other plane crashes this week, much smaller planes. On Saturday, "a plane went down in Colombia, killing at least 12 people. On Friday, a small plane plunged into a Florida lake, leaving five dead."

Last Saturday, "in a non-fatal incident, at least 30 people suffered minor injuries when a Turkish Airlines flight encountered severe turbulence before landing at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport." Then there was the "Air Transat flight that made an emergency landing at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey after reports of a possible fire in the cargo hold, "

Two weeks ago an Amazon Prime Air cargo plane crashed killing the three occupants.

It's all a little too scary. I would not want to fly on a Boeing 737 Max 8 right now.

R. Neal's picture

From what I've read, there's

From what I've read, there's a design flaw in the new 737. The engines were moved forward making it more susceptible to stalling.

To compensate, they put in sensors and software to push the nose down if a stall condition is detected.

Faulty sensors are suspected in some trouble reports, including the fatal crash in Jakarta.

If the sensors are faulty, the software will fight the pilot and fly the plane into the ground under power unless the pilot disables it.

The new model has a new way to disable the anti-stall system, but some pilots say they aren't being trained on it.

Boeing kept the same model designation on the new version and convinced the FAA that 737 certified pilots didn't need to be recertified, saving buyers millions.

That's what I've read anyway. If it's true, yes, Boeing has a big time problem.

The FAA needs to ground these planes until this is sorted out. China already has. In the mean time, I wouldn't fly on one.

JaHu's picture

My brother is out of the

My brother is out of the country and is flying in on one next week. Needless too say, he's not to comfortable about it.

R. Neal's picture

Boeing to update software:

Boeing to update software: (link...)

According to the article, the FAA ordered the change. So why hasn't the FAA grounded the planes until the change is made?

Also... Australia and Singapore banned all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes from their airspaces on Tuesday... Twenty-five airlines have now grounded the Max 8... (link...)

bizgrrl's picture

The article has been updated.

The article has been updated. It appears that SouthWest, American, and Air Canada are some of the few airlines left that have not grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8. It appears Southwest has the highest number (34) of these planes it its fleet. American and Air Canada both have 24.

The European Union suspended “all flight operations” of the Boeing 737 Max model in question.

"Roughly two-thirds of the Max 8 planes in operation are now idled."

American Airlines, however, has faced growing pressure from its flight attendants union. Lori Bassani, the president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, said “our flight attendants will not be forced to fly if they feel unsafe.”

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Sens. Dianne Feinstein

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called for all Boeing planes of the 737 Max 8 series to be grounded until the aircrafts’ safety could be ensured.

bizgrrl's picture

The Washington Post has

The Washington Post has information on how to avoid flying on the Boeing 737 Max planes.

bizgrrl's picture

Canada grounded all flights

Canada grounded all flights of the Boeing 737 Max 8 & 9.

As we are new followers,not leaders, the U.S. has grounded all flights of the Boeing 737 Max 8 & 9.

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Slate reports that it's the

Slate reports that it's the extra height of new, more fuel-efficient engines that required raising the wings on the 737 to make it a 737 Max. For structural reasons, if I got that right, they had to adjust the moved wing position to an odd angle, which is less stable for flying. So the computers address that, or are supposed to.

I suppose Fox News may already be blaming this on the leftist eco-wackos who forced Boeing to mess with its already perfect engines. /s

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