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Category Archives: Safety and Security

Boeing can spare no expense

Boeing 737 MAXBoeing has landed in hot water after 2 crashes of Boeing 737 MAX planes within 5 months. Those disasters left 346 passengers and crew members dead. The plane maker seems primarily responsible for the 2 dramas.  Boeing pretended that the 737 MAX was just the same aircraft as the 737 with minor adjustments.

737 MAX

Therefore, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) adopted Boeing’s opinion about the 737 MAX. Pilots wouldn’t need more than a few hours of training on a flight simulator to be ready for flying the...
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After 2 crashes and 346 fatalities

Debris of Ethiopean Airlines flight 302 On March 11, 2019, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issues a continued airworthiness notification to the international community with regard to the Boeing 737 MAX.

Crashes

This comes 1 day after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crashes into the sea 6 minutes after departing Addis Ababa. And it comes despite the fact that a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX crashed into the sea 4.5 months earlier on October 29, 2018. The FAA declares that it “continues to review extensively all available data and aggregate safety...
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A litmus test for Boeing

Boeing is facing turbulence as a result of 2 crashes, each with a Boeing 737 MAX. First, on October 29, 2018, Lion Air flight 610 crashes into the sea 13 minutes after departing Jakarta. All 181 passengers and 8 crew members are killed.

Two crashes take 346 lives

Second, on March 10, 2019, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashes into the sea 6 minutes after departing Addis Ababa, killing all 149 passengers and 8 crew members. This second crash - less than 5 months after the first - prompts a worldwide grounding of all...
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Will standing seats enter the cabin?

Standing seatsThe Boeing 777 is originally designed with 9 seats abreast in economy class. Only the widest planes - Boeing 747 and Airbus 380 – are designed with 10 seats per row. However, airlines searching for higher profits decided to squeeze an extra seat into each row in economy class. Meanwhile, the industry standard is 10 seats abreast in the Boeing 777.

Standing seats

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Holding Russia liable for downing MH17

Malaysia AirlinesOn May 23, 2018 Australia and the Netherlands announce they are holding Russia liable for downing a codeshare flight of Malaysia Airlines (MH17) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL4103) on July 17, 2014.

Downing of flight MH17

The Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok visits Australia In late March 2019. His ministry quotes him as saying: ‘I want to stress: we will not rest until we have uncovered the truth surrounding the downing of flight MH17 and achieved justice for the victims and next of kin".

Unwise statement

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Aviation safety in former Soviet Union low

Despite the 2 crashes of Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes in 2019, flying remains the safest mode of transport. In 2018, some 4.3 billion passengers flew safely on 46.1 million flights. There is 1 accident for every 740,000 flights according to 2018 safety data of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Flying is getting safer

Moreover, flying is getting safer overall. If safety in 2018 had remained at the same level as in 2013, there would have been 109 accidents instead of the 62 that actually occurred. Also, there would...
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