The Boeing 737 MAX disasters of 2019 and 2020 have been a tragedy for the families of the victims, and a major setback for the aviation industry. But what caused these disasters? Recent investigations have revealed that government regulations were a major factor in the crashes.
The 737 MAX was designed to be a more fuel-efficient version of the 737, and to do this, Boeing had to make some changes to the aircraft. However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had not updated its regulations to account for these changes, meaning that the aircraft was not as safe as it should have been.
The FAA also failed to properly review the changes that Boeing had made, and did not require the company to provide additional safety training for pilots. This lack of oversight allowed the 737 MAX to be approved for commercial use, despite the fact that it was not as safe as it should have been.
The combination of outdated regulations and inadequate oversight led to the 737 MAX disasters, and the FAA has since taken steps to ensure that similar tragedies do not occur in the future. The agency has implemented new regulations and oversight procedures, and has also increased its scrutiny of aircraft designs.
The 737 MAX disasters have been a tragedy, but they have also served as a reminder of the importance of government regulations and oversight. By ensuring that aircraft designs are safe and that pilots are properly trained, the FAA can help to prevent similar disasters from occurring in the future.