Boeing grounds entire 737 Max crash aircraft fleet


Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has grounded the entire global fleet of its 737 Max aircraft. The move follows last week’s fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash. That was the second time in five months a 737 Max has crashed. Last October, a plane from the Indonesia-based carrier Lion Air crashed in what aviation experts are saying are similar circumstances. Investigators have recovered the black boxes from the crash site in Ethiopia and will study the data in them to ascertain the reason for the aircraft falling from the sky. Dan Elwell, a spokesman from the USA’s Federal Aviation Administration, said: “It became clear…that the track of the Ethiopian Airlines flight was very close and behaved very similarly to the Lion Air flight.”

Boeing has huge hopes for the 737 Max and views it as a key part of its future. The Max started flying commercially in 2017. Boeing has received over 5,000 orders for the aircraft and has delivered 371 to date. News of the grounding has been disastrous for Boeing’s finances. The company’s market value has plummeted by nearly $26 billion since the crash in Ethiopia. Boeing president, chief executive and chairman Dennis Muilenburg said: “We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents (in partnership with the investigators), deploy safety enhancements, and help ensure this does not happen again.” Boeing said that it “continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max”

Today's Vocabulary

1. fleet (n)
number of buses, aircraft, etc. under the control of one person or organization

2. deploy ( v)
to use something or someone,
especially in an effective way

3. disastrous (adj.) 
extremely bad or unsuccessful

4. grounded (adj.) 
used to describe an aircraft that is prevented from flying for some reason, or a ship that cannot move because it has hit solid ground

5. ascertain (v) 
to make
certain of something

6. aviation (n) 
activity of flying aircraft, or of designing, producing, and keeping them in good condition

7. fatal (adj.)
serious and having an important bad effect in the future

8. plummeted (v)
fall very quickly and suddenly

  1. When was the first Boeing 737 Max crash?

  2. In which country did the first 737 Max crash?

  3. What did investigators find at the crash site?

  4. Who is Dan Elwell?

  5. What was the Ethiopian Airlines flight similar to?
  1. What are the best things about flying?

  2. How would you help people who were afraid of flying?

  3. Would you fly in the Boeing Max?

  4. How do you feel when the plane takes off and lands?

  5. Is flying the best form of travel?