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The second deadly crash of a 737 Max jetliner occurred when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 went down shortly after takeoff, taking the lives of all 157 passengers. Just five months prior, a Lion Air 737 Max jet had a similar fate when it crashed into the Java Sea in Indonesia. It soon became clear that there was a flaw with the aircraft, and after initial reports of a suspected software issue affecting the Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner, national aviation attorney Jamie Lebovitz knew that the aircraft had to be grounded.
“The FAA should immediately ground all 737-800 Max aircraft until the root cause of the Lion Air and Ethiopian Air crashes is determined,” said Lebovitz on March 11, 2019. “The lives of airline passengers far outweigh the economics of keeping this fleet in the air. There are safety of flight dangers with the Max 8.”
On March 13, 2019, POTUS finally announced an emergency order to ground all Boeing 737 Max aircraft, something that Attorney Lebovitz believed should have been done from the get-go. It was soon discovered that the pilots were experiencing severe pitch oscillations from shortly after takeoff until impact.
Lebovitz believes that the Max 8 was never airworthy and should not have been certified by the FAA to begin with. “The pilots and passengers on board the Boeing Max 8 were doomed from the moment of takeoff. The stall augmentation system wrested control of the airplane from the flight crew who were not trained by Boeing on the means to overcome this fatal flaw,” adds Lebovitz.
Attorney Lebovitz wasn’t the only transportation expert who believed that the issue stems from the negligence within Boeing’s design. An article from CNBC released on March 17, 2019, indicates that the U.S. Department of Transportation is scrutinizing the development of the Boeing crafts as well. The article also states that the Wall Street Journal reported in November of 2019 following the first Boeing crash that Boeing failed to give any warnings to the airline industry about the seemingly dangerous feature the craft possessed.
“The 737 Max 8 certification process was not only flawed, but it amounted to a conscious disregard of the safety and lives of passengers and flight crews. Both Boeing and the FAA must be held accountable. Profit over safety is unacceptable,” says Lebovitz.
Aviation Attorney Lebovitz is a senior partner at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy and has more than 35 years of experience as a trial attorney who has dedicated his practice to helping the victims and families of aviation and other mass transportation crashes. He has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar settlements and jury verdicts against commercial airlines, aircraft manufacturers, railroad and trucking companies, and the federal government. For more information on Lebovitz, please click here or follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
The New York Times releases an article pointing out that Boeing resisted the pilots' calls for steps to be taken on the 737 Max aircraft. Click here or the image below to read the full article.
In another article from The Wall Street Journal, it is pointed out that Boeing knew about the safety-alert problem for a year before alerting the FAA. Click here or the image below to read the full article.
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