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Downfall: The Case Against Boeing Will Make You Never Want to Fly Again

In October 2018, Lion Air Flight 610 crashed shortly after taking off in Jakarta, killing all 189 passengers and crew aboard. Questions immediately emerged about the international pilots, their training background, and their overall qualifications, but few blamed the plane itself, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 that had been in service for just two months. The media and industry insiders insisted that Boeing, an American company synonymous with aviation excellence, couldn’t possibly be at fault for the disaster. Five months later, that presumption proved deadly when a second plane — Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 — fell out of the sky outside Addis Ababa just six minutes after takeoff. There were no survivors.
AEROSPACE & DEFENSE
Boston Globe

Flight patterns, the plight of the rights, class actions

Pilots used to say, “If it’s not Boeing I’m not going.” For decades no other aviation company was held in such high esteem for its meticulous perfectionism matched with visionary innovation. But as Rory Kennedy lucidly outlines in her engrossing and disturbing investigative documentary “Downfall: The Case Against Boeing” their reputation took a near fatal hit on Oct. 29, 2018, when the Indonesian carrier Lion Air’s Flight 610 — flying one of Boeing’s hot new model 737 MAX airplanes — crashed shortly after take-off into the Java Sea. None of the 189 on board survived.
AEROSPACE & DEFENSE
Flight Global.com

ASEAN hubs should refocus on new regional connections: whitepaper

A new whitepaper about air travel in Southeast Asia contends that the region’s Covid-hit hubs should look to boost regional connectivity. The whitepaper observes that Southeast Asia’s connections with long-haul routes have been restored faster than regional routes. This, however, should start to change in 2022. Sponsored by...
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Law.com

Lion Air Judge Wants Girardi Keese Bank Records by Feb. 3

U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin asked for bank records after an evidentiary hearing over $2M in missing Lion Air client settlements. A lawyer for Edelson said the firm was in mediations with its insurer and a new lawyer for the Lion Air clients. Durkin issued a contempt order and referred...
CONGRESS & COURTS

‘Downfall: The Case Against Boeing’ Review: Damning Aviation Doc Feeds Your Fear of Flying

On Oct. 29, 2018, Indonesian carrier Lion Air’s Flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff. Nineteen weeks later, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, headed to Kenya, also crashed, leaving a deep gouge in a field near the Addis Abba Bole Airport. All told, 346 passengers and crew were killed. Both planes were new Boeing 737-Maxes. “Downfall: The Case Against Boeing” — which premiered at the virtual Sundance Film Festival — is the riveting, often rending tale of those crashes and the jet that links them. With the eloquent testimony of family members; aviation industry experts; former Boeing engineers and...
AEROSPACE & DEFENSE