Following the deadly crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet, airlines around the world have started suspending operations of the jet.
This was the second crash of Boeing’s 737 MAX plane which had only entered commercial service in May 2017. In October 2018, Lion Air flight 610 had crashed into the Java Sea in Indonesia shortly after takeoff killing all 189 passengers and crew on board.
Following the two crashes experts have questioned the safety of the aircraft, suggesting that new automated features may be faulty. So far China, Indonesia, Singapore and India have all shut down 737 MAX operations in response to the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
This comes as a big blow for Boeing which had touted the 737 MAX as safer, more fuel efficient and longer range replacement for its previous 737 models. The aviation giant had so far received 5,111 order for the 737 MAX with 350 deliveries.