After two fatal crashes, can we ever trust the Boeing 737 Max again?

While much of aviation safety is built upon the lessons learnt from past tragedies, Simon Calder finds a healthy obsession with prevention rather than cure

The aircraft is due to return to the skies after it was grounded in April
The aircraft is due to return to the skies after it was grounded in April

Some aviation tragedies have a single, brutal cause.

In July 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was hit by a Russian-made anti-aircraft missile fired from rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine. All 298 passengers and crew aboard the Boeing 777 were killed.

Most plane crashes, though, result from an alignment of unforeseen failures.

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