Dominic Gates Boeing 737 MAX 60 Minutes (Australia) Interview Excerpt
Dominic Gates of the Seattle Times speaks to 60 Minutes Australia about Boeing 737 MAX crash in this video interview excerpt. He addresses the impact on Boeing's reputation, the nature of software used to tailor modern aircraft flying qualities, and whether he'd get back on a 737 MAX once the grounding is lifted. The video runs approximately six minutes.
Dominic Gates is a highly respected aerospace journalist who has written extensively on Boeing and specifically the 737 MAX safety issues. His words are worth a listen and his articles are absolutely worth reading.
737 MAX Accidents
October 29, 2018: Lion Air Flight 610, a 737 MAX 8, registration PK-LQP, on a flight from Jakarta, Indonesia to Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia crashed into the sea 13 minutes after takeoff, with 189 people on board the aircraft: 181 passengers (178 adults and three children), as well as six cabin crew and two pilots. The crash killed all aboard. This is the deadliest air accident involving all variants of the Boeing 737 and also the first accident involving the Boeing 737 MAX.
March 10, 2019: Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8, registration ET-AVJ, on a flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nairobi, Kenya, crashed 6 minutes after takeoff, killing all 157 people aboard: 149 passengers and 8 crew members. The plane was only 4 months old at the time of the accident. In response, numerous aviation authorities around the world grounded the 737 MAX, and many airlines followed suit on a voluntary basis. On March 13, 2019, the FAA became the last authority to ground the aircraft, reversing its previous stance that the MAX was safe to fly.