Airlines Are Grounding This Model Of Plane Due To Scary Safety Concerns

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed on March 10, 2019, en route to Nairobi, Kenya, killing all 149 passengers and crew on board. The plane, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, went down shortly after take-off. Now, airlines across the globe are grounding Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes pending an investigation into their safety.

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 was also the plane involved in the 2018 crash of Lion Air Flight 610, which killed 189 people. Due to striking similarities in the manner of both crashes, Ethiopian Airlines and the Indonesian government have joined the Chinese government and South African airline Comair in grounding the model of Boeing plane.

U.S. carriers such as Southwest and American have announced that they will not be grounding their Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes before the results of an investigation. The inquiry into the cause of the latest fatal crash could take weeks.

It has been noted that the crash might be linked to a malfunction of a feature allowing the Boeing 737 MAX 8 to automatically lower its nose if the plane’s sensors detect the nose is too elevated. Details of the investigation are pending, however.