Sunday, January 12, 2020

Boeing 737 MAX 8: The Flying Coffin

A batch of internal emails and other communications by Boeing employees were released on Thursday as part of a 100-plus page document, according to CNN, and what these employees said about Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 back in 2017 and 2018 is just plain terrifying. 

For example, in April 2017, one employee said the MAX was “designed by clowns, who in turn are supervised by monkeys,” and referred to the plane as having a “piss poor design”. 

And in February 2018, from one employee to another: "Honesty is the only way in this job – integrity when lives are on the line on the aircraft and training programs shouldn't be taken with a pinch of salt. Would you put your family on a MAX simulator trained aircraft? I wouldn't". 

To which the other employee said, “No”. 

Three months later, an employee wrote about some other mishap Boeing was dealing with: "I really would struggle to defend the [simulator] in front of the FAA next week”, while another employee wrote: “I still haven't been forgiven by god for the covering up I did last year". 

In fact, it wasn’t even a year after these communications that two new 737 MAX planes crashed within five months of each other, killing all 346 people. 

The first crash involved Lion Air Flight 610 which was a scheduled domestic flight operated by the Indonesian airline from Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta to Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinang, Bangka Island.

An Indonesian rescue team is seen lifting a pair of tires from the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 off Karawang, West Java, Indonesia a few days after the October 29, 2018 crash.

On October 29, 2018, the Boeing 737 MAX 8 operating the route went down into the Java Sea 13 minutes after takeoff, killing all 189 passengers and crew. 

On March 10, 2019, a second crash involving Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which was to fly from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, killed all 157 people on board – just six minutes after takeoff when the plane nose-dived and plunged into the ground near the town of Bishoftu.

Parts of an engine and landing gear lie in a pile after being gathered by workers during the continuing recovery efforts at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 on March 11, 2019 in Bishoftu, Ethiopia. 

A glitch in the stabilization system known as MCAS is to blame for the crashes.

I must remember to try to make it a point that when I fly, it is not a Boeing plane! It's a flying coffin, that's what it is!

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