Boeing 737’s Fatal Crash Sparks Concern


Mahle Gangi, Staff Writer

On Sunday morning at 8:44 local time, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max-8 crashed after being in the air for only six minutes. Out of the 149 passengers and eight staff, there were no survivors. This tragedy comes just five months after the widely-covered crash of another Boeing 737: a Lion Airlines flight that was carrying 180 people crashed into the Java Sea near Indonesia.

The pilot on the Ethiopian Airlines flight reported difficulties and requested he return to Addis Ababa where they had taken off. Besides this information, officials do not have much more to go off and the cause of the crash is currently unknown. Some officials have expressed a belief that the Boeing 737 Maxs are to blame and are unsafe for air travel. Australia has placed a temporary ban on Boeing 737 Maxs flying into or out of the country. Before Australia, China also grounded Boeing 737 Maxs after news broke of the crash in Ethiopia.

As of right now, not much is known about the precise issue with Boeing 737s latest model. Both pilots are reported to have expressed difficulty controlling the plane and requested a return to the takeoff site. Conspiracy theorists are currently the only people to suggest any widely known theories surrounding the crash and many place the blame on aliens. Despite the theorists deep rooted belief that extraterrestrials are to blame, officials continue to investigate for a scientifically supported reason for these repeated events. Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told reporters, “At this stage, we cannot rule out anything. We cannot also attribute the cause to anything because we will have to comply with the International regulation to wait for the investigation.”