On Sunday March 10th at 05:38 UTC, the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashed a few minutes after take-off near Addis Ababa. This is the second accident within 4 months for the Boeing 737MAX. As far as of today, still no reason for the crash was determined. We want to show if the plane is currently safe to be flown, or if you should avoid it!

Once finished, the Boeing 737MAX family will have four models, the -7, -8, -9 & -10 / Picture by Boeing

Since flight ET302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi crashed on early Sunday morning, the world has been speaking about one of the newest addition to the Boeing family: The Boeing 737MAX. By being the second fatal crash within a few months for this new plane, many civilians are now unsure whether this plane is safe to be flown, or not.

What we know is that flight ET302 crashed around 6 minutes after take-off. The source of the crash is still being investigated, but rumors are saying that the MCAS Systems could be in fault, the same reason for the accident of flight JT610 back in October 2018. This isn’t confirmed, but is probable to be the reason for the crash. In order to guarantee safety and avoid any further accidents, airlines & avaition regulatory bodies of various countries have temporarily banned the 737MAX from flying.

Now many people are unsure whether it is safe to fly the plane. What we can say is that the Boeing 737 has been Boeing’s best-seller for many years. Now if the troubles with the MCAS system are confirmed, Boeing will need to bring up a solution real quick.

This does not mean that the aircraft has no future and is unsafe. As a quick reminder, one of the first A320 produced and delivered to Air France crashed during a presentation. Although this happened, it is today one of the widely used single aisle aircraft globally.

Air Canada B737MAX & United B737-800NG / Picture by Alex Crail, YourAviation

The decision to ground the aircraft type until the first part of the investigation is completed, seems to be a case of airlines taking all precautionary measures and putting safety as their priority. A crash needs to be taken really seriously by all the stakeholders, the airline, the regulatory bodies and Boeing. I am sure that those institutions are currently working hand in hand to figure out an appropriate solution.

The FAA has issued no warnings about a concerning for all 350+ delivered planes. This means that for the time being, the aircraft is airworthy and safe to fly. I could imagine that this will change in the next few days, but for now it is safe to fly the plane, and passengers shouldn’t worry.

What you can’t forget is that by grounding so many planes, it has a financial and logistical impact for the operators. The shares of Boeing have dropped since the crash of the aircraft. Now safety is most important, that’s why it makes sense to ground the planes. But for next few days & weeks, passengers will need to take delays, cancellations and other irregularities in to account when traveling with B737 MAX operators.

Currently the Boeing 737MAX has been banned to fly in the Europe Union and the United Kingdom. This decision has been taken after various Asian Pacific countries banned the use of B737MAX aircraft type.

We will see how long it takes for the North American Carriers to ground their fleet of 737MAX aircraft and what will be the economical impact on the various stakeholders involved.

It is expected that Boeing would be able to fix the issue once the cause(s) of the accident are found during the investigation. It will Boeing’s responsibility to win back the faith of the customer base and stakeholders in the coming weeks.

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