Disasters Foretold: Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Lac-Mégantic, Québec
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February 4, 2020 - by Beth Daley for theconversation.com
Canada has reportedly still allowed Boeing 737 Max 8s to fly even after they were grounded almost a year ago.
This news emerges despite the fact that crashes involving the plane — Lion Air in Indonesia in October 2018 and, five months later, Ethiopian Airlines in Addis Ababa — killed 346 people, including 18 Canadians.
There are some disturbing similarities between the Boeing Max 8 scandal and the July 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster. Both reveal a predictable pattern.
In Lac-Mégantic, a runaway train laden with volatile Bakken shale oil from North Dakota crashed in the heart of the small Québec community, killing 47 people, orphaning 26 children, spilling an unprecedented six million litres of oil and incinerating the town centre. It was the worst industrial disaster on Canadian soil in a century.
Both disasters were the deadly consequence of a decades-long trajectory of deregulation in the aerospace and railway industries.
Safety precautions were...