BOEING FIELD/RENTON FACTORY, SEATTLE, WA – Aerial footage from Seattle’s King 5 News show a sad sight; dozens of Boeing 737 Max aircraft remain grounded at Boeing Field and Renton Factory in Seattle on Tuesday July 9, four months after the second deadly crash with the 737 MAX in Ethiopia. The grounded 737 MAX aircraft are parked not only on the airport’s tarmac, but they are even taking over the employee parking lot. The Boeing 737 MAX is the 4th generation of the Boeing 737, succeeding the Boeing 737 Next Generation.
The Boeing 737 MAX series are grounded by aviation regulators and airlines around the world for 4 months now (since mid-March), after Lion Air Flight 610 crashed on October 29, 2018 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10, 2019. Everyone onboard the two 737 MAX 8 aircraft were killed in both crashes, 346 in total.
Within 4 days the aircraft was banned in almost all countries in the world, owing to safety concerns; the FAA most notably defended the aircraft until unmistakable evidence surfaced. Ethiopian Airlines was the first to take action on the day of its crash and China’s Civil Aviation Administration decided to ground the 787 MAX on March 11, 2019. A total of 387 aircraft were barred from commercial service, except flights for repositioning and testing.
The Boeing company is working on a fix to a safety system that’s blamed in two deadly crashes before the FAA approves the MAX for flight again.
Boeing set up a $100 million fund to help affected families, but some believed the Ethiopian crash could have been prevented.
(Top image: from KING 5 News video)