Air crashes are always surprises, but the news, from the Prime Minister of Ethiopia’s twitter account, that Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 flying from Addis Ababa to Nairobi on the morning of Sunday, March 10 had gone down, was particularly shocking.
The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express it’s deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.
— Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia (@PMEthiopia) March 10, 2019
The 157 victims of the crash who held nationalities of 30 countries comprised 149 passengers and 8 crew members. Aside from Ethiopia, Kenya was the most affected nation with 32 of the deceased, while eighteen were from Canada, nine from Ethiopia, eight each from China, US and Italy, and seven each from France and the UK. Some of the victims had dual nationalities and that particular early morning flight was popular with diplomats and delegates who shuttled between meetings in the capitals of Ethiopia and Kenya.
Accident Bulletin no. 2
Issued on march 10, 2019 at 01:46 PM pic.twitter.com/KFKX6h2mxJ
— Ethiopian Airlines (@flyethiopian) March 10, 2019
Ethiopian Airlines ET 302 became the second fatal crash of a new Boeing 737 Max in the space of a few months, following that of Lion Air Flight 610 which crashed in Indonesia in October 2018.
Investigations have started into the cause of the crash is with representatives from Boeing, and US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and General Electric (the engine manufacturer who also lost two employees in the crash who worked in their healthcare division) joining up to assist Ethiopian investigators.
In both crash cases, the planes were new, just a few months old, and took off for relatively short flights during which the pilots lost control of the aircraft.
The Boeing 737 is the most successful commercial aircraft in history with over 10,000 built and over 1,000 are in the air at any given minute. But the new MAX series introduced was different in terms of its design, large engines and navigation systems. At the time of the accident, the 737 MAX-series has 74 aircraft operating in the USA and 389 worldwide, with the largest fleet users being Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and Air Canada.
Boeing had committed to implement a software upgrade in the coming weeks to the MAX that was directed by the US FAA, but after the crash, Ethiopian Airlines announced the grounding of the rest of their 737 MAX fleet. Other airlines and aviation agencies in China, Indonesia and Cayman Airways, Comair (South Africa), GOL (Indonesia), Mongolia, Royal Air Maroc (Morocco) Singapore and Australia also announced the grounding or banning the use of the aircraft temporarily. The latest has been the United Kingdom.
Boeing’s shares dipped when the shares opened on Monday after the crash.
- Here’s a rare picture of the ill-fated plane at Boeing Field, USA, prior to delivery to Ethiopian – via Airliner’s Net.
- Airlines around the world have grounded 40% of the 737 MAX fleet but not US airlines
- Long before the crash, some frequent flyer avoided flying on the profit-maximizing MAX aircraft over its squeezed cabins, tiny bathrooms and thin seats e.g. American Airlines has 172 seats in the cabin, including 16 first class seats and 30 extra-legroom seats — compared to the 160 seats that it has on 737-800s with the same cabin size.
- Perspectives from another impactful plane crash a decade ago – that of KQ 507.
EDIT On Wednesday, March 13, President Donald Trump announced the grounding of all 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 models. He had informed aviation authorities and Boeing that this was in the best interests of the safety of all passengers as Boeing works on a solution.
— The Boeing Company (@Boeing) March 13, 2019
He also extended condolences to the friends and families of victims of the Ethiopia and Indonesia crashes.
An Ethiopian delegation led by Accident Investigation Bureau(AIB) has flown the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) to Paris, France for investigation.
— Ethiopian Airlines (@flyethiopian) March 14, 2019
Investigations into the crash are ongoing.
April 4 Ethiopian Airlines statement
— Ethiopian Airlines (@flyethiopian) April 4, 2019
April 4 Boeing Statement
FAA disown Ethiopian
FAA officials are appearing before the House Aviation Subcommittee; the hearing has just started. >> “Status of the Boeing 737 MAX” https://t.co/UHfF5yBzqp Live via @YouTube #PaxEx #737MAX #AvGeek #Safety
— Runway Girl Network 🏳️🌈 (@RunwayGirl) May 15, 2019
Lawyers sniff out victims’ families
— Bankelele (@bankelele) May 31, 2019
NAIROBI (Reuters) – The families of victims of an Ethiopian air disaster on Thursday criticized Boeing’s plan to donate $100 million to unspecified charities and communities affected by two crashes, saying it was too vague and that families should have been consulted first.
— Maggie Fick (@MaggieFick) July 5, 2019
Disagreements about possible compensation
Hi @kaleyesusb this is the family in America I mentioned who are mounting street demonstrations against the certification process for the Boeing 737 MAX after they lost their daughter when Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashed with 157 people aboard. https://t.co/uNhK8nVj0k
— Katharine Houreld (@khoureld) August 1, 2019
And overall liability for the crash.
CHICAGO, Sept 17 (Reuters) – A lawyer for victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 said on Tuesday he wants Boeing Co BA.N & the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to hand over documents about decision to keep the Boeing 737 MAX in the air after a deadly Lion Air crash last Oct
— Maggie Fick (@MaggieFick) September 18, 2019
Hero pilot says the 737 MAX was flawed: As one of the few pilots who have lived to tell about being in the left seat of an airliner when things went horribly wrong, with seconds to react, I know a thing or two about overcoming an unimagined crisis. I am also one of the few who have flown a Boeing 737 MAX Level D full motion simulator, replicating both accident flights multiple times. I know firsthand the challenges the pilots on the doomed accident flights faced, and how wrong it is to blame them for not being able to compensate for such a pernicious and deadly design
It is wrong to blame the pilots who lost their lives in the 737 MAX disasters when the aircraft design and certification were so fatally flawed. My full response to an article written by William Langewiesche, originally published in @NYTmag: https://t.co/Hq8wd7FkSe
— Sully Sullenberger (@Captsully) October 13, 2019
“They showed up uninvited at memorials and at homes full of weeping relatives. They cold called. They left brochures. In one case a grieving husband was offered money for an appointment.” https://t.co/XjviT0qiGS
— Omar Mohammed (@shurufu) December 23, 2019
Lawyers chase families of victims.
Board of Directors names current Chairman, David L. Calhoun, as Chief Executive Officer and President, effective January 13, 2020.
— The Boeing Company (@Boeing) December 23, 2019
Boeing CEO resigns.
6 Controversial Things I Believe About The Boeing 737 MAX – View from the Wing https://t.co/pykHFTeQes
— gary leff (@garyleff) December 22, 2019
The Ethiopian crew disengaged MCAS but left the plane at full takeoff power which magnified challenges recovering control of the aircraft.
New Boeing CEO’s views on the crash.
Year after many innocent lives were lost due 2 massive negligent & criminal design flaw, @Boeing CEO Calhoun sends racist message. @Nataliekitro & @dgelles ‘s piece is reminder that this design flaw should be cited & condemned in engineering ethics classes forever. @flyethiopian pic.twitter.com/mKhYrRyCUv
— MediaETHIOPIA (@MediaETHIOPIA) March 9, 2020
One year on.
— Ethiopian Airlines (@flyethiopian) March 10, 2020
November 18 2020 – the MAX is set to resume flight.
(Reuters) – After nearly two years of scrutiny, corporate upheaval and a standoff with global regulators, Boeing Co is set on Wednesday to win approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to fly its 737 MAX jet again after two fatal disasters.
— Omar Mohammed (@shurufu) November 18, 2020
December 27 2021: Ethiopian Airlines has announced the return of the Boeing 737 MAX to service from 1st February 2022. The airline’s management had stated that they would be among the last to resume flying the aircraft which has now been recertified in the USA, Europe, China, Canada and back in service with 34 other airlines that have performed over 275,000 commercial flights in the last year.