Recently, a hearing was held before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee regarding the failure of Boeing's 737 MAX 8 aircraft. This inquiry comes after the crash of two Boeing 737 Max 8 aircrafts within several months of one another. The first crash occurred near Jakarta, Indonesia when a Lion Airlines flight crashed into the ocean in late 2018. Subsequently, in March of 2019, the same model aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed in March of 2019.
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.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the fatal crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was caused by the pilots mismanaging the descent toward San Francisco's airport and not aborting the landing to try again.
In the last fifty years almost 45,000 people have been killed in incidents involving private planes and helicopters. This is almost nine times the number of people that have died in commercial airline crashes. Federal investigators cite pilots as causing or contributing factors in 86% of private crashes.