KUNMING, China - Boeing Co. faces a new crisis after a 737 jet fell out of the sky in China, renewing concerns about its best-selling family of planes and extending one of the most turbulent periods in the aviation titan’s century-long history, Julie Johnsson reports for Bloomberg.Continue reading original article.
The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:
24 March 2022 - "Our thoughts are with the passengers and crew of China Eastern Airlines Flight MU 5735," Boeing said in a release 21 March 2022. "We are working with our airline customer and are ready to support them. Boeing is in contact with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and our technical experts are prepared to assist with the investigation led by the Civil Aviation Administration of China."
This latest crash didn't involve a 737 MAX aircraft - the jet which was grounded following a pair of deadly incidents in which the passenger craft's Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) flight stabilization program was played a part in the tragedies.
The cause for this latest incident is not yet known, however, and Johnsson notes in her piece that investigations can take years to complete, but cites Cai von Rumohr, an analyst from Cowen, in saying that near-vertical descent crashes often involve "maintenance issues, pilot error or sabotage, with design or manufacturing issues less likely."
Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor