Digital Crisis and the Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft

  • Ruwantissa Abeyratne


Air transport in the digital age is showing portentous signs of warning. Boeing has faced multiple liabilities as a result of two air crashes of its 737 MAX 8 aircraft—an upgrade of its standard 737 aircraft—within a span of 5 months. On 29 October 2018, the Indonesian carrier Lion Air operated Flight 610—a scheduled domestic flight operated from Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta to Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinang, which crashed into the Java Sea 12 min after takeoff, killing all 189 passengers and crew. On 10 March 2019 a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft of Ethiopian Airlines operating an international flight bearing number ET 302 crashed 6 min after takeoff, killing all 157 people aboard.

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  • Ruwantissa Abeyratne
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  1. 1.Aviation Strategies InternationalMontréalCanada

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