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Everything you need to know about the Boeing 737 MAX crashes

Boeing 737 MAX airplane
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Following 2 similar crashes of Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes that killed a total of 346 people, the aircraft have been grounded worldwide as a series of investigations look into what caused the crashes and any potential flaws that went unnoticed during the safety certification process.

Context: The plane was approved in a way that allowed airlines that already flew other versions of the best-selling 737 series to treat it as another in the series. This limited the training requirements for 737 MAX pilots, and kept customer costs down. However, in reality, the plane had many new pieces of hardware including more powerful engines, a redesigned tail, new wing design and, crucially, new software.

Indonesian airline cancels $4.9 billion order for 737 MAX 8 jets

A Garuda Indonesia Boeing 737-800.
A Boeing 737-800 passenger plane belonging to Garuda Indonesia lands at Hong Kong International Airport. Photo: Marcio Rodrigo Machado/S3studio/Getty Images

Indonesian airline Garuda is seeking to cancel the remainder of its $4.9 billion order for 48 more Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets, after at least 40 countries suspended the jets' operation due to 2 fatal crashes of the brand new aircraft in the last 6 months, the New York Times reports.

The big picture: Garuda's pullout is the latest blow to Boeing, as the loss of 2 brand new aircraft in 6 months has no precedent in modern aviation history and has threatened one of the company's main sources of revenue. Multiple investigations are now underway into how the 737 MAX was certified, including the Inspector General's office at the U.S. Transportation Department, the FBI, a federal grand jury and House and Senate committees.

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