As a New York resident with plans to fly internationally in the coming weeks or months, it may serve you well to find out exactly what type of aircraft you are set to fly on. Within the last six months, two fatal plane crashes claimed the lives of nearly 350 people, and both crashes involved Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, which first came onto the market in 2017. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we recognize that numerous airlines and nations have banned the use of these planes in the wake of the most recent fatal flight, and we have helped many people who suffered injury or lost loved ones in plane wrecks pursue appropriate recourse.
According to the New York Times, the most recent fatal plane crash involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 led at least 12 other carriers, among them American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, to halt all use of these planes for the time being. Originally touted as a win for passengers thanks to features that include more legroom and a quieter interior cabin, the plane is now facing intense scrutiny as safety experts and technicians attempt to determine what caused these fatal crashes.
In addition to a number of domestic airlines grounding this particular aircraft, several nations have also decided to stop using them until more information comes to light about the cause of the two previous crashes. Australia, Germany, Singapore and Malaysia are among the countries grounding their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes indefinitely.
The Federal Aviation Administration, for its part, continues to back the aircraft in question, though it plans to reevaluate this decision, should additional research reveal that aircraft defects or other design flaws may have contributed to the crashes. You can find more about international aviation disasters on our webpage.