Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Matt Rocheleau Globe Staff March 11, 2019 A new version of the Boeing 737 jetliner has come under scrutiny after two crashes in five month that killed everyone on board each time.The latest incident killed 157 people when a 737 Max 8 crashed on Sunday six minutes after taking off in clear weather from Ethiopia’s capital en route to Nairobi. The cause had not been determined by Monday morning.In late October, a 737 Max 8 also crashed in Indonesian seas, killing 189 people. A preliminary report on that disaster indicated that pilots struggled to maintain control following an equipment malfunction. Advertisement The carrier involved in Sunday’s crash, Ethiopian Airlines, decided Monday to ground all its 737 Max 8 planes until further notice. Get Metro Headlines in your inbox: The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England … [Read more...] about Here are the airlines that own Boeing 737 Max jets — and how many they own
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Details are still emerging about what caused the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight that killed 149 passengers and eight crew members, but one thing is known: The plane was a Boeing 737 Max 8. That’s the same model as the Lion Air jet that crashed last year due to mechanical problems, killing 189 people. According to the New York Times, officials are now investigating whether the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 could have been sent into a nose dive due to changes to the flight’s automatic controls. The Boeing 737 Max was supposed to be a game-changing addition to commercial travel, even dubbed the “short-haul plane of the future,” and airlines were snapping them up. By October 2018, Boeing had 4,783 orders for the aircraft across the world, and while only a fraction of those orders have been delivered, per Reuters, there are many in regular use by airlines around the globe. In the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion … [Read more...] about These airlines use Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, and they say they’re safe
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?
Passenger confidence in Boeing's 737 Max has taken a hit after the jet's second fatal crash in just five months. Travelers around the world took to social media to express fears about the plane's safety -- or seek reassurance from carriers that fly it. Hours earlier, an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crashed after leaving Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board. Some flyers said they were now too fearful to board one of those planes. One customer at Southwest Airlines, which has more 737 Max jets on order than any other carrier, changed flights to another aircraft after discovering the plane was a 737 Max. Another asked if Air Canada was doing extra checks on its Max fleet.The disaster followed the plunge of a Lion Air 737 Max into the Java Sea off the coast of Indonesia on Oct. 29. A preliminary report into that crash, which killed 189 passengers and crew, indicated pilots struggled to maintain control following an equipment malfunction.Connecting the two incidents, social media … [Read more...] about Fearful flyers lose faith in Boeing 737 Max after second crash
ADDIS ABABA/BEIJING (Reuters) - China, Indonesia and Ethiopia grounded their Boeing Co 737 MAX 8 fleets on Monday while investigators found the black box from a crash that killed 157 people in the second disaster involving that airplane model in six months. Ethiopian Federal policemen stand near engine parts at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri The Ethiopian Airlines jet bound for Nairobi came down minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa on Sunday, killing all on board. The victims came from 33 nations and included 22 United Nations’ staff. The discovery of the black box with both the cockpit voice recorder and digital flight data, reported by Ethiopian state TV, should shed light on the cause of the crash. At the scene, men in Red Cross jackets picked through the dirt, putting items in black paper bags, while investigators hunted for the … [Read more...] about China and Indonesia halt Boeing 737 MAX 8 after Ethiopia crash