Two plane crashes in 2018 and 2019 involving the new Boeing 737 Max aircraft weren’t a result of one single issue, but instead were caused by the failures of Boeing staff, Boeing management, and the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a new 245-page report released Wednesday by the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. In short: It was a perfect storm of shit where everyone made deadly mistakes.
Lion Air Flight 610 crashed near Indonesia on October 29, 2018, killing all 189 people on board, and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed in Ethiopia on March 10, 2019, killing all 157 people on board.
The two crashes were just five months apart and led to several countries immediately grounding their 737 Maxes for safety assessments. The planes were eventually pulled from service indefinitely, worldwide. The U.S. was the last country to ground the new aircraft model, but has acted as the lead investigator into its failings, if only because Boeing is an American company.
“The MAX crashes were not the result of a singular failure, technical mistake, or mismanaged event,” the new report, which was posted online Wednesday morning,