Boeing’s problems after Ethiopia crash turn criminal

A Boeing 737 Max 8, the source of the company’s current problems.

Multinational aircraft corporation Boeing appears to be sinking deeper into a morass of hi-tech trouble as investigations into the 737 Max 8 that fell in Ethiopia takes on a “criminal twist”.

Despite determined efforts to defend its anti-stalling system, Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), an increasing amount of evidence seems to support views that the technology may be flawed.

In the latest development, Ethiopian Airlines said voice recorder information from the flight that claimed 159 lives in Bishoftu on March 1 confirmed its suspicions that MCAS was not as to over-ride as Boeing had claimed.

It appears that the aircraft, in an attempt to ‘self-correct’ its take-off, inadvertently caused a plunge to destruction.

And the US, although initially reluctant to follow suit the world over as country after country decided to ban 737 Max 8s, has taken an unusual step and subpoenaed a Boeing employee who was involved in the Seattle company’s airline certification process of this particular plane.

Aviation intelligence consultant of the Leeham Company, Scott Hamilton, has since said that although criminal investigations following airplane crashes is the norm in certain countries, “it’s an entirely new twist for America”.

Nothing further has come from the grand jury in Washington after its possible prosecutorial stance in the matter, but in the meantime the US Department of Transportation has announced that it’s also probing events around the approval of the MCAS.

And since news emerged of the subpoena and the departmental probe of the MCAS, Ethiopia has reiterated that the plane crash south of its capital showed “clear similarities” with a plane that came down near Jakarta last October, killing 189 passengers and crew.

In the meantime Boeing’s stock continues to spiral down as book orders of Max 8s, a plane that was only introduced to the market some two years ago and numbered around 5000 in orders until recently, have stopped.


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