United Airlines has announced it will ground all of its Boeing 737 Max 8 planes until June 2020 after the two recent crashes involving that plane. This comes in the wake of other developments following the tragic crashes, including actions taken by the FAA and Boeing's own halt to production of the troubled aircraft.
Boeing has begun to settle the claims of families whose loved ones were killed in a Boeing 737 MAX crash which occurred on October 29, 2018, in the Java Sea. The crash occurred shortly after taking off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, all 189 of the passengers and crew died.
Amidst growing concerns over air travel, Boeing is reportedly negotiating over 100 settlements with the families of victims of two separate crashes of their 737 MAX jetliners. Both 737s went down under similar circumstances within five months of each other: a Lion Air jet flying out of Jakarta, Indonesia in October 2018, and an Ethiopian Airlines flight in March 2019. There were no survivors of either crash, as nearly 350 people were killed.
After the crash of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircrafts and the subsequent investigations, Boeing has admitted that the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has "identified additional requirements" for software modifications. In both crashes, it is believed that the nose of the aircraft was pushed downward automatically without input from the pilots, ultimately causing the subsequent crashes.
On Thursday, April 4, 2019 Ethiopia's Ministry of Transportation released their preliminary report regarding the crash of flight ET302. Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashed shortly after taking off last March, near the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. Benny Agosto, Jr. currently represents the families of three passengers that perished in the crash.