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Going Direct: Explosive New York Times Story Lays Blame For Boeing 737 Max Crashes

A Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8
A Boeing 737 Max 8 similar to the one seen here was involved in the deadly crash of Lion Air 610 in October of 2018. Photo by PK-REN from Jakarta, Indonesia [CC BY-SA 2.0].
This week, the New York Times published a remarkable story by aviation writer William Langewiesche that details the horrific crash of Lion Air 610, a crash that killed all 189 aboard the Boeing 737 Max. After the similar crash of Ethiopian Airlines 302 that killed 157, regulators worldwide grounded the 737 Max amid concerns that a new system called MCAS had failed, resulting in uncontrollable runaway trim that doomed the two airliners and all 346 souls aboard the two.

From the start, the discussion of what caused the crashes has been a polarized one. On one hand, the design of MCAS was poorly thought out and rushed through both design and certification. Boeing and the FAA are being grilled by a Congressional committee about this process, though at this point what will come of the probe remains to be seen.

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