Where Did Boeing Go Wrong?
How a bad business decision may have made the 737 Max vulnerable to crashes - If Boeing had designed a new plane from scratch, it wouldn't have had to resort to this kind of kludge
March 12, 2019 - by By Jeff Wise for slate.com
If Boeing had designed a new plane from scratch, it wouldn't have had to resort to this kind of kludge
What about a plane purely design from scratch? The Airbus A220 (Bombardier CSeries) has been designed from scratch and conceived with cutting-edge technology. It is without precedent: an ultra-lightweight, ultra-quiet, ultra-fuel-efficient commercial airliner that can reach near-transcontinental distances from a measly 4,000 feet of runway. Its ability to make big leaps with small environmental footprints... source
Thirty-two hours after an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crashed on takeoff from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 aboard, shares of the plane's manufacturer, Boeing, traced a similar trajectory, dropping 12 percent at the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange and never fully recovering.
While the cause of the Ethiopian incident hasn't yet been established, it makes sense that investors would lose confidence in Boeing: The crash came just five months after another involving a 737 Max in Indonesia,
Lion Air Flight 610, and the dual disasters have spooked airlines and the traveling public. Erring on the side of caution, China and Indonesia have grounded the 737 Max, and 25 individual carriers have done so as well, including Ethiopian and Cayman Airways.*
The 737 Max first flew just two years ago, and some 350 are now in service. For such a new type of aircraft to suffer two fatal crashes is extraordinarily unusual, and bad. While the investigation into the Lion Air crash is still underway, a preliminary report suggests that the pilots failed to respond correctly after a faulty sensor led the autopilot to put the plane into a steep dive.