There are many issues surrounding the 737 MAX beyond the MCAS. The reported flight profile of the Ethiopian flight has many congruencies with the Lion air flight, suggesting the MCAS was receiving faulty information from one or both of the angle of attack sensors. The lack of clarity on the modified manual override from previous 737s is an issue of contention that was also raised by, at least, the American Airlines' pilot's association. There has also been discussion of the FAA's role in certifying the 737 MAX. Boeing claimed, and the FAA acquiesced, that the MAX is just another evolution of the 737, thus its certification was less rigorous than had it been a new design. There are many aviation experts that think the redesigned MAX, principally with it larger and more forward engines, changed the aerodynamics enough that it should have gone through a more thorough certification.Mister A wrote: ↑Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:12 amWhether both crashes were caused by the MCAS, whether both crashes were caused by something else, or whether neither crash had anything to do with the other, it's asking a lot from your ordinary consumer to understand the fine points, or even the broad strokes of the investigation. Most were willing to write off Lion Air as a complicated incident involving a questionable discount airline. My point was simply that this now has plenty of room to turn into a situation where passengers are fearful of it or governments ground it in spite of all logic, in which case we haven't seen how low the stock can go yet.
With most disasters, two or more statistically unlikely events usually coincide. Perhaps this is one of those instances.