March 13, 2019

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash crashed on Sunday, March 10. WorldAware, Inc.’s transportation expert, Max Leitschuh provides insights into the crash, the events that have transpired since, what to expect in the coming weeks, and what organizations can do to safeguard their travelers.

 

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Nearly every airline that operates the 737 MAX has grounded the aircraft, either by their own choice or because their country’s regulator has ordered them to do so. Some countries have also banned the 737 MAX from their airspace. The most recent move came this afternoon when US authorities issued an emergency order grounding these aircraft models. 

The Ethiopian authorities have recovered the black boxes from the crash site, and they’re in the process of deciding which country they want to send them to since they don’t have the tools they need to extract the data themselves. MCA issues show up very clearly in flight data recorder readings, so as soon as that data is available, it can be determined whether the Ethiopian crash was related to that issue. 

WorldAware is recommending that travelers avoid flying on the 737 MAX until more is known about what happened in the Ethiopian crash. That advice applies to both the 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9. That advice does not apply to older models of the 737, including the 737-800 and 737-900 – those are not part of the 737 MAX family, and there are no outstanding concerns about flying on those older models.

 

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