The tragic crash of the Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 on March 10,2019, was a calamity that none would ever want.
The loss of 157 lives who were onboard the ill-fated airline, has sparked a controversy on what exactly is the importance attached to passenger safety in the airline industry.
This is the second fatal crash involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 in a span of 5 months and this is certainly a cause of grave concern.
Like in the case of the earlier crash of a Lion Air flight, which was a Boeing 737 Max 8, it was later reported to have developed technical errors. They admitted that malfunctioning of one of the sensors could have caused the flight crew to have difficulty in controlling the airplane.
The aircrafts in both the cases were new and newly delivered.
In India two airline companies operate the same type of Boeing. So, what does this mean for the future of aviation. Are two horrific incidents enough to get everyone scrambling for immediate solutions? Definitely they are.
The DGCA should immediately ground these aircrafts till a tangible and accurate investigation isn’t concluded.
India’s airline regulatory authority has to ask Boeing for clarifications. Waiting for answers and hoping that nothing will go wrong, may not be the way forward. Passenger safety cannot be compromised upon. Indian authorities need to wake up and stop these aircrafts till a satisfactory report has not been submitted.