China suspended the certificate of airworthiness for Boeing Co.’s 737 Max jet, saying it needs to review a proposed modification before determining whether the plane is safe to fly after two recent crashes.
Earlier Chinese authorities grounded the country’s fleet of Max planes on March 11, a day after an Ethiopian Airlines flight plunged to the ground by systemic failure.
The latest decision was taken in light of the uncertainty surrounding the model and an anti-stall system that’s the focus of a probe into the loss of the Ethiopian Airlines plane, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
Boeing 737 MAX the aircraft involved in two air-crash disasters should be seriously scrutinized if is capable of flying or just a flying coffin.
A somber reminder: This is all that was left from the ill-fated BOEING 737 MAX and his crew and passengers bound for Nairobi-Kenya.
The letter comes in the light of the preliminary report on the terrible Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes that took the life of 346 innocent passengers and crew members.
Ralph Nader does not mince his words on the responsibility inherent with Boeing actions:
“Step by step, Boeing’s criminal negligence, driven by a race to make profits, worsened.
Before and after the fatal crashes, Boeing did not reveal, did not warn, did not train, and did not address the basic defective aerodynamic design. It gagged everyone that it could. Boeing still insists that the 737 Max is safe and is building two a day, while pushing to end the grounding.”
The law suits had already started with a wrongful death case that was filed against Boeing on the same day that a preliminary investigation into last month’s Ethiopian Airlines crash revealed damning details about the aircraft manufacturer and raised new questions about whether it gave pilots proper instructions for navigating new software.
The findings were released Thursday in Ethiopia, based on the analysis of a team of 18 investigators, less than a month after the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash killed all 157 people on board.
The report found similarities in the technical issues experienced by pilots on both the Ethiopian Airlines flight and October’s Indonesian Lion Air Flight 610, which also crashed just minutes after takeoff, killing all 189 people on board.
Both flights were on a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
What of the near future? ask Ralph Nader.
“Airline passengers should organize a consumer boycott of the Boeing 737 Max 8 to avoid having to fly on these planes in the coming decade.
Once Boeing realizes that this brand has a deep marketing stigma, it may move more quickly to the drawing boards, so as to not alienate airline carriers”.