This past week —while the nation’s attention was zeroed in on the election— American Airlines quietly announced the Boeing 737 Max would return to its flying schedule next month.
If the plane’s name rings a bell, it’s no coincidence. Last year, a rushed release of the Boeing 737 Max model led to two fatal plane crashes, only five months apart, due to software issues that the pilots were unable to fix in-flight.
The Max was quickly grounded after those two crashes. After months of research and testing to patch the software, the plane recently got cleared to fly again by European and U.S. regulators. But an announcement released this week reports that both Southwest and American Airline pilots are concerned the new Boeing 737 Max manual may lead to errors in emergencies.
The report was put out by the airline unions, who cited Boeing’s complex checklists and extensive manual steps too difficult to remember during emergencies, insisting this had been proven in the simulator flights performed during testing.
What’s even more troubling? Boeing has quietly rebranded these planes as the Boeing 737-8 and American Airlines has already begun to schedule domestic flights.
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