Airline Tragedy ✈️
Boeing in trouble
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed on Sunday shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 passengers on board. The aircraft was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, which is a model flown by 26 different airlines across the world. President Trump issued an emergency grounding order on Wednesday for all 737 MAX 8 aircrafts in the US.
Two too many
This is the 2nd 737 MAX to crash in the last 5 months. Lion Air Flight 610 crashed in Indonesia last October killing all 189 passengers on board. At least 10 countries and the EU have joined a growing list of governments that have grounded the 737 MAX aircrafts.
The left builds a narrative around the government shutdown having an impact on the delay from Boeing, and the FAA resolving the issue with the software update. They quote Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT) of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee, who claimed that the FAA’s failures were worsened by the shutdown. The left also highlights that a coalition of 61,000 pilots sent several letters to the government, claiming that the shutdown had greatly reduced supervision at the FAA.
Washington Examiner: Pilot of downed Boeing plane reported flight-control problems
The right focuses their reporting on pilots’ complaints regarding the 737 Max 8. They claim there were at least 5 official complaints from US pilots related to flight-control in the months leading to the recent crash. The right also highlights that the pilot of Ethiopian Airlines aircraft that crashed reported to air traffic control that he having flight-control problems shortly after take-off.
Despite the two recent airplane crashes that have been widely covered in the media, airline safety has continuously improved over the years. In 2018, there were 0.39 fatal accidents per 1 million flights. The odds that a commercial flight results in a fatal crash are less than 1 in 1 million compared to the 1 in 160,000 during the 1970s.
To anyone worried about an upcoming flight: It's gonna be okay.
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