The analysts were of the opinion that Boeing compromised functionality in trying to stretch limits
The Ethiopian Airlines crash over capital Addis Ababa, sparked the issue of regarding the use of Boeing’s 737 Max 8 aircrafts, the one involved in the crash. Most governments worldwide, instantly grounded the Max 8 aircrafts which were in operation at the time. The US government stalled the grounding of the aircrafts, stating that a proper examination needs to be done before they can ground an entire fleet of aircrafts, however US too have become the latest addition to the world governments, who have issued an order to ground the planes. Analysts around the world are trying to discern possible reasons for the failure of the Max 8.
Most experts opine that Boeing stretched limits far too much to achieve flashy results. They continued with their practice of fitting planes with larger engines to push performance. A move possibly fueled by a large influx of staggering flight technology, electric startups have even proposed ideas of fully electric supersonic suborbital passenger planes, and Boeing, one of the oldest aircraft manufacturers, had to raise their game to stay in the business. However experts believe that they might have compromised on some vital features in the process.
“Boeing 737-200, then 300, 400, 500, 700, 800, 900 and MAX 8, they seem to be doing a quick fix. They had mounted larger engines far stretching the wings to prevent them from touching the ground. This, I believe caused aerodynamic instability.” Says retired Captain Girish Kaushik, who also served with Indian airlines Air India and Jet airways.
Boeing have begun attempts at rectifying the issues with their aircrafts. They admitted that a software used in the plane’s automation, had a glitch, for which most pilots are not trained. This led to the crashes and the eventual grounding of the Max 8 fleets across the globe. However, this not the first such incident in aviation history, as both Boeing and Airbus have previously encountered similar problems.