Tragedy swept through Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this past Sunday when a plane crashed only six minutes after takeoff.
A Boeing 737 Max 8 jet owned by Ethiopia Airlines nosedived into a field just six minutes into its flight to Nairobi, killing all 157 passengers and crew on board.
This is the second crash involving the same model jet within six months. In October 2018 a Lion Air plane crashed into the Java Sea in Jakarta, Indonesia just 12 minutes after takeoff. Unfortunately, the crash took the lives of all 189 passengers and crew on board.
The 737 Max 8 first made its debut in 2017 and is Boeing’s best selling model to date. Since this recent string of tragedies, however, a growing number of airlines have decided to ground their Max 8 models until an investigation can uncover the cause of the crashes.
After the debut of the Max 8, many pilots complained not only to Boeing, but also the airlines, and even the Federal Aviation Administration, that they had not been properly trained on the new anti stall system used in the model.
Despite push back from various political leaders around the country, U.S airlines Southwest and American Airlines have expressed confidence in their Max 8 fleets and will continue to fly the models without interruption.