Boeing is one of the most respected names in aircraft manufacturing. From California to the Far East, Boeing planes remain a staple. In spite of this, 50 countries either banned or grounded Boeing’s 737 Max 8 planes this year.
According to CNN, these countries included China, Australia and Ethiopia. Some countries, such as India and Iraq, went as far as to ban all 737 Max plans from flying within their airspace. China was the first country to ban the aircrafts, while the U.S. and Canada were among the last countries to join the ban.
These decisions followed two major plane crashes that took place in a six-month period. One of the most talked-about crashes involved a plane flown by Ethiopian Airlines, which ultimately led to the death of 157 people. The year before, a Lion Air flight crashed into the sea less than 15 minutes after takeoff and killed 189 people onboard. This was also a 737 Max 8 plane.
Up until spring of this year, Boeing, Southwest and a number of organizations stood by the safety of the aircraft. Some people even spoke out against the ban and encouraged passengers who flew on the plane to share their positive experiences.
Yet, by June, CNN reported that Boeing believed some of the parts on its 737 Max planes could be defective after all. Some of the parts on the wings in particular may not meet manufacturing standards and may need to be replaced. The Federal Aviation Administration advised airlines to check these parts on other planes as well.
Since then, Boeing has settled with the survivors of some of the families aboard the planes. However, it is not yet clear what other steps Boeing plans to take to make reparations.