The second fatal crash of a Boeing 737 MAX last Sunday in Ethiopia has led to a worldwide decision by aviation authorities to ground all Boeing 737 MAX. The US was the last of 42 other countries to make this decision. 157 people lost their lives in Sunday’s crash and 189 died in October in Indonesia in a very similar airplane crash.
According to recent investigations both crashes occurred in a very similar manner. A new flight control system for which pilots weren’t proprely trained may have caused both accidents according to preliminary investigations. According to an article in the New York Times, after the first accidents, the pilots union complained that Boeing didn’t inform pilots that in some cases the new flight control system could automatically push the nose of the plane down. Experts believe this change may have played a role in both accidents.