Aviation Watch: To Ground Or Not To Ground

Law360 (May 30, 2019, 4:07 PM EDT) -- The Federal Aviation Administration order grounding the Boeing 737 MAX has caused significant disruption to the airlines which operate the aircraft and to the traveling public, and financial impacts to the airlines and to the manufacturer. Given the furor which has ensued, it is worth looking at the history of air accidents which led to calls for grounding airliners, and their outcomes, to provide some context for the current situation.

The 1930s

The first high-profile airline crash occurred on March 31, 1931, when a TWA Fokker F-10 trimotor crashed in stormy weather in eastern Kansas, killing the two pilots and six...

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