One of the best pieces of reporting I’ve ever seen. The writer is an aviation expert who explains the Boeing 737 fiasco in a nuanced and understandable way. He doesn’t hide from the details either. This is the gold-standard for journalism. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Our cover story this week: What really brought down the Boeing 737 Max? Malfunctions caused two deadly crashes. But an industry that puts unprepared pilots in the cockpit is just as guilty. By William Langewiesche
After reading this, you probably wouldn’t want to fly Lion Air.
Another master work of explanatory journalism from William Langewiesche in the New York Times magazine.
What Really Brought Down the Boeing 737 Max?
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"Who in a position of authority will say to the public that the airplane is safe? I would if I were in such a position."
What Really Brought Down the Boeing 737 Max?
Langewiesche continues to be one of the best writers working today and is doing a great job highlighting the severely underdiscussed problem of poorly trained pilots who overly rely on technologically-advanced aircraft.
Weekend longread: Langewiesche on the 737 Max accidents is predictably deep and thought-provoking. Argues that the blame has focused too much on the aircraft design and not enough on the pilot and maintenance cultures of the air carriers involved.
The very frightening implication of this article is that we’re passing over a technological lip where automation is just good enough to make humans a liability but not as good as wise human experience. IOW St. God’s hospital from Idiocracy .
Can't recommend this piece by John Langeweische enough. In fact, he's written three long stories about major recent airline crashes that are all absolutely riveting.
They essentially downplayed the existence of this patch to the point that it was kept virtually hidden from airlines and pilots because it "wasn't a big deal," but that caused unexpected behaviors. Do yourselves a favor and read Langewiesche on this
Did you read this too? . At the very least, a very useful complementary take.
Was going to describe this passage as peak Langewiesche but ...
What a coup to hire William Langewiesche as a writer. He is great at showing how complex organizations and equipment fail. Why am I not surprised some airlines have inexperienced pilots, falsified maintenance records, poor regulators?
Wow what a great article for all of us who fly a lot to read.
Brilliant and detailed story about what really happened on the 737MAX crashes by probably the greatest living aviation writer William Langewiesche.
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