Boeing has over 500 pending orders for the 737 Max 8s. The company is making the bulk of the profits from 737s. The October 2018 Indonesian crash raised serious questions on altitude-speed indicators and sensors. Now the Ethiopian crash that is strikingly similar to the Indonesian crash has landed Boeing in trouble.
Several countries have started grounding the 737 Max 8s. However, FAA of the US still stands its ground declaring 737s Max 8s are flight-worthy. They are placing their confidence in the robust and elaborate testing that the plane went through.
Whether the crash was due to a faulty software/sensor or a human error, only time will tell. At least 7 countries are not willing to take any chances and have grounded the 737s. Below is the list for you.
- China was one of the first to ground. The country leads the list in the number of planes grounded. According to reports the dragon country has grounded about 100 planes.
- Indonesia has grounded the planes after commencing fresh investigations on the planes operated by two major carriers.
- Ethiopia, the country that suffered most in the latest crash, has halted the 737 Max 8 planes. The announcement says the planes have been grounded as a precaution.
- On March 12, Singapore joined the list of countries banning the Max planes. The country has barred any carrier from flying in or taking off from Singapore. The country has initiated a review process to check the safety risks of the planes.
- Australia has followed Singapore's path by barring entry and exit of the 737s into their Country.
- By the afternoon of March 12, UK announced it is banning the 737 Max 8s.
- Ireland is the latest addition to the countries list.
More countries have been joining the list as the week progresses. A preliminary investigation report sounds positive with regards to worthiness will hopefully reverse the situation. Let us wait and see.