AAE Special Seminar on Safety, sales, and the 737-MAX
|Event Date:||October 5, 2023|
|Hosted By:||Tim O’Brien
|School or Program:||College of Engineering, Aeronautics and Astronautics
In October of 2018, a brand new Boeing 737-MAX crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia, diving straight into the Java Sea. Questions surfaced immediately about the possible role of a mysterious flight control system unknown to the airline or to aviation regulators. Five months later, as accusations of wrongdoing by the plane’s manufacturer created a groundswell of criticism and spawned a congressional investigation, another 737- MAX crash occurred in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under similar circumstances. The story that would unfold in its after- math has made the tragic saga of the MAX an essential case study in engineering ethics, corporate culture, regulatory capture, dynamics of the commerical aircraft business, and the behavior of ordinary people under extraordinary pressure. This talk will follow the chronology of events that led to these tragedies, and delve into the cascading effects of decisions large & small that set the MAX on the path to disaster.
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