19 Mar Boeing 737

Last week an Ethiopian Airlines Flight a Boeing 737 Max 8, went down shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa killing all 157 people on board. The accident, occurred less than five months after a Lion Air jet crashed into the Java Sea in Indonesia during a similar stage in its flight, killing all 189 passengers and crew. Since last week’s tragedy, all Boeing 737 Max aircrafts have been grounded worldwide pending investigations. However, preliminary investigations show that there are similarities between the two crashes and Boeing is said to be designing a software update to strengthen its safety feature.

To help us with this discussion we are now joined on the line by:

• Joachim Vermooten, an independent aviation consultant

• Guy Leitch is SA Flyer magazine editor

Earlier on producer Ayanda Mkhwanazi spoke to the Director of Civil Aviation at the South African Civil Aviation Authority Poppy Khoza who said that despite the current challenges faced by the aviation sector air travel is still the safest mode of transport
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