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Wait. Now A Bird Strike Caused the 737 MAX Crash?

Wait. Now A Bird Strike Caused the 737 MAX Crash?
Joe Cortez

In addition to documented problems with the Boeing 737 MAX, new reports suggest a bird strike could have complicated things further aboard the doomed Ethiopian Airlines Fight 302. Unnamed aviation officials believe an accident shortly after takeoff may have caused erroneous in-flight reports for the pilots.

A new report coming out suggests that a common hazard to commercial aircraft could have been a factor in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. CNBC reports American aviation officials believe the fatal sequence of events could have been triggered by a bird strike.

First reported by The Wall Street Journal, the latest hypothesis suggests the 737 MAX aircraft involved in the incident may have hit a bird shortly after take-off. As a result, the anti-stall system gave bad data to the anti-stall system, resulting in the crash.

The anti-stall system in question has been highly suspect throughout the investigation of both ET302 and Lion Air Flight 610. Reports allege Boeing knew about safety flaws aboard the next-generation aircraft and that certain safety features were sold as an upgrade to the airframe. Anonymous whistleblowers inside Boeing’s factory in South Carolina told the New York Times that their operation is plagued with “shoddy production and weak oversight” on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner production.

But Ethiopian is flat-out denying the claims. In a statement to the media, the airline claims there was “no evidence of any foreign object damage” in preliminary crash reports.

However, the investigation – and aftermath of the incident – is far from over. According to Reuters, Boeing is also facing a $276 million lawsuit from a widow of the ET302 crash. In the lawsuit, the French woman accuses Boeing of not disclosing safety issues with the software to pilots. On May 16, 2019, the Chicago-based manufacturer claimed they have a software update ready for the grounded 737 MAX aircraft.


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View Comments (4)


  1. Bradhattan

    May 21, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Boeing has billions riding on this…..of course they would secretly offer less billions to the government of affected airline and pay for “extenuating circumstances” to appear in an official report….

  2. Mbcijim10

    May 22, 2019 at 10:12 am

    I think this is the first time the media railroaded the alleged guilty party, oh wait.

    Ethiopian pilot had 200 hours total flight time. Let’s not report that.

    Color me surprised.

  3. TurboTing

    May 22, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Bird strike caused Ethiopian 737 Max crash?
    All I can say is, what a crock of bird sh*t!

  4. Swanky Safari

    May 23, 2019 at 7:15 am

    I flew the Boeing Max on SW in January and February. I’d get on one again.
    Only differnce I noticed from any other SW flights is they were cleaner and newer.

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