Everyone has been looking into exactly what happened, and how this crash in Ethiopia comes only 5 months after a similar crash happened back in October involving Lion Air Flight 610, where the same model 737 Max aircraft crashed into the Java Sea killing all 189 passengers and crew on board....
Something is obviously terribly amiss with the nature and design of these Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft, and the focus of the investigations into both of these crashes should focus in on the aircraft designs and possible flaws in the aircraft's electronics... And right now, I do want to present the following article, that comes from the Moon Of Alabama website, at www.moonofalabama.org, that tackles some of the possible flaws in the design of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft, and focuses in on what is called the "Maneuver Characteristics Augmentation System" or "MCAS" for short as being the very possible culprit behind both of these recent crashes.... Here is that article in its entirety, and I do have further thoughts and comments to follow:
Boeing, The FAA, And Why Two 737 MAX Planes Crashed
“This is the first description you, as 737 pilots, have seen. It is not in the AA 737 Flight Manual Part 2, nor is there a description in the Boeing FCOM (flight crew operations manual),” says the letter from the pilots’ union safety committee. “Awareness is the key with all safety issues.”
NTS Notes: My background may be in Science, but I also have a strong understanding of Engineering as well.... And from what I have seen in this report, I would say that the author is absolutely onto something that may indeed be a critical flaw in these aircraft's design....
What I have found astonishing is how since the Ethiopian crash that ALL of these 737 Max aircraft flying in both the US and Canada are still flying at this moment, which I do find astonishing and perilous to passengers and crews on these flights here in North America!
I also find it astonishing that Boeing itself has still not come forward and requested a grounding of all of these aircraft immediately until the possible design flaws are investigated and sorted out.... But this is a situation where Boeing is still producing these aircraft by the thousands and as a corporation all they care about is profits rather than safety.....
The bottom line is this... Something is terribly amiss with these aircraft, and that flaw will continue to kill passengers until Boeing and the US Government pull these aircraft from the skies and have them thoroughly examined for both design flaws and flaws with the aircraft's flight computers.... Boeing should be doing the right thing, and have these aircraft "recalled" if necessary to inspect them immediately to determine if there is indeed a serious design flaw, but again it is profits first over people!
More to come