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Is the 737 MAX Safe to Fly?

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After months of mishandling controversy and attempting to mitigate the damage it caused, Boeing has signed its first deal for the 737 MAX jet since its temporary ban of the aircraft, which followed 2 deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. A total of 346 people died as a result and aviation authorities across the world grounded the planes in response. Southwest, American, and United all pulled these models from their schedules as well. Now, one of the country’s most esteemed pilots is speaking out about the “fatal flaws” of the jetliner and why it should never have been approved in the first place. Retired Captain Chesley Sullenberger, known for his heroic role in landing a damaged jet on the Hudson River in 2009, claims these crashes demonstrate the currently failing system of aircraft design and certification.

What Caused the Crashes?

Boeing declares it has finalized a software solution for MCAS, an automated flight control system that investigators may believe is partly to blame for the tragic crashes, both of which are presumed to have malfunctioned in the same manner. According to exhaustive research, the MCAS flight control system was crucially flawed in that an error would force the nose of the plane down. President of the Allied Pilots Association Daniel Carey claims it was Boeing’s mistake not to inform pilots of the existence of this system as well as to not provide proper pilot training. He called these failures a “crisis of trust” and that Boeing “…let the traveling public down in a fatal and catastrophic way.”

What Is Boeing’s Solution?

In response to the public outcry for better pilot training, Boeing has suggested a one-hour training via laptop or tablet, without deference to simulator training which has long been proven to be the most effective form of training. All in all, it is their responsibility to make the skies as safe as possible and ensure their aircraft control systems are secure.   

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