Two separate Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes – one involving Lion Air and the other Ethiopian Airlines – killed 346 people in a span of less than five months. Many airlines have purchased the new planes, with about 5,000 on order, but many had not yet been delivered. Within days of the second crash, aviation agencies around the world grounded the airplanes. There were fewer than 400 of the Boeing Max planes in service. What went wrong? Initial Boeing 737 Max 8 investigations indicate a problem with software that controls the altitude of the aircraft. Beasley Allen lawyer Mike Andrews, who focuses his practice on aviation litigation, says Boeing was aware of the problem before the Ethiopian Airlines crash. Reports indicate the company was looking at ways to prevent the problem from reoccurring with a patch to “fix” the faulty software. It’s unclear if the software update patch was deployed to pilots prior to the second crash, but Mike doubts it will be enough to overcome the fundamental design flaws in the plane. He is representing families of victims killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
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