The looming clouds over aircraft safety

The second fatal crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 plane in four months has raised concern over the safety of the in-demand aircraft model. Within a day of the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8, resulting in the death of all 149 passengers and eight crew, aviation regulators of three countries—China, Indonesia and Singapore—grounded the plane. Multiple airlines across the world raised an alarm. The Indian aviation regulator is watching the situation, the ramifications of which extend to passenger safety, airfares, flight operations and the health of Boeing itself.

Debuting in 1967, the family of Boeing 737s are the world’s largest-selling aircraft. The current 737 Max is the fourth generation of 737s and the 737 Max 8 (a size variant of the Max) is the model being delivered. Its predecessor, the Boeing 737 800, has seen 3,651 deliveries in the past 10 years, the most for an individual model. Read More

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