The U.S. Is Going to Keep Using the Boeing 737 MAX 8, But Promises to Look Into Improving Them

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Regulators in the U.S. have ordered Boeing to make improvements to the plane involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board—but that doesn’t mean they’re grounding them. 

Unlike Singapore, China, and Indonesia, the U.S. is going to keep using the fleet despite the fact that the Boeing 737 MAX 8 has crashed two times in the past several months, with a similar incident in October killing all 189 passengers and crew on board.

According to Yahoo News, the last time a new model jet successively failed was in the 1970s, with the McDonnell Douglas DC-10. But rather than rounding up the 58 planes currently operating in the U.S—24 used by American Airlines, and 34 operated by Southwest—and hauling them into a volcano, the FAA said simply that it’s working with local authorities and the National Transportation Safety Board, and may “soon share safety information concerning the aircraft.”


“If we identify an issue that affects safety, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action,” the agency said in a statement. It’s also ordering Boeing to improve anti-stalling software and the planes’ maneuvering systems, giving the company until the end of April to comply.

In the meantime, anyone concerned [RAISES HAND] can find out whether their upcoming flight is on a Boeing 737 MAX 8 at, and then either cancel that flight or find a portable Xanax drip to bring on board with you. Tell them it’s your service animal.

Night blogger at Jezebel

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No worries flying the Max. The MCAS is a bit of a bogeyman right now. Its a bit frustrating watching all the hysteria and layman speculation. Final report isn’t out yet but from family and coworkers that fly the guppy they all say lion air was seemingly pilot error(hmmm what do we do when automation isn’t acting as expected, turn it off and 1-800-be-a-pilot oh look shiny cutout buttons) and from eye witnesses (admittedly unreliable) it doesn’t sound like ethiopian is the same issue.

If your flying in the US or some of the big carriers like the ME3 your getting a much better qualified pilot group. The FO on Ethiopian wouldn’t have been able to even fly as a FO on a 24 seat turboprop in the US until he had 7 times the experience, and wouldn’t see right seat in a 737 or babybus for 6-9 years.

EDIT: geez looking at the AD for the issue. It basically says “yeah heres what could show up on the EICAS and it will slowly start trimming down(2.5 degrees over 10 seconds) so do the obvious and previously taught things”