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Boeing Renaming its Flawed 737-MAX?

Although The Boeing Company has not made any official announcement of a name change, a photo recently surfaced that evidenced the company changing the model designation on the nose of a 737-MAX aircraft awaiting delivery to the European low cost carrier Ryanair. The photograph indicates that the "-MAX" designation was removed from the aircraft and replaced with "-8200," essentially designating the aircraft a "737-8200" model.

This follows the tragic crashes of two 737-MAX aircraft less than five months apart, that killed 346 occupants. Lion Air Flight 610 crashed shortly after takeoff in Indonesia on October 29, 2018, and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 similarly crashed after takeoff on March 10, 2019. The crews of both aircraft were found to have battled for control after a computerized flight control program designed by Boeing forced the noses of the aircraft downward after erroneously determining that the aircraft were being pitched up to a dangerous degree by their pilots. The false indications that spurred the computer program into taking control of the pitch were apparently caused by damaged sensors, and investigators were surprised to learn that Boeing had failed to include standard redundancy into the system so that one bad sensor would not cause a catastrophe. Moreover, investigators found that Boeing had increased the power of the program significantly from its original design without alerting owners or regulators.

A number of lawsuits have already been filed against The Boeing Company in federal court where its headquarters are located, and many more can be expected. The lawsuits are seeking both compensatory and punitive damages against the goliath manufacturer of airliners.

Experienced attorneys at Park Avenue Law LLC have handled dozens of lawsuits filed against Boeing, arising from accidents occurring all over the world. "Our experience in this particular area is unparalled," said Managing Attorney John McKay, noting that the firm combines experience both in the court systems and in the aviation insurance industry that supervises, manages and settles such cases behind the scenes. Park Avenue Law LLC can be reached within the US and Canada at (800) 391-3654 and internationally at +1 (434) 531-9569.

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