Pushing It to the Max Boeing's Crashes Expose Systemic Failings

The crash of two Boeing 737 Max jets in the course of just months has created an existential crisis for the company. Were the 346 who died in Indonesia and Ethiopia the victims of shortcuts and cutthroat competition in the aviation industry? By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Grounded 737 Max jets at Boeing Field in Seattle

Grounded 737 Max jets at Boeing Field in Seattle

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Lawyer Marc Moller: "There was something seriously flawed and wrong with the 737 Max."

Lawyer Marc Moller: "There was something seriously flawed and wrong with the 737 Max."

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Mourners at the mass funeral in Addis Ababa for the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash: The coffins buried contained only soil, and it will be months before the identities of the remains have been determined.

Mourners at the mass funeral in Addis Ababa for the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash: The coffins buried contained only soil, and it will be months before the identities of the remains have been determined.

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The site of the crash in Ejere, Ethiopia: The Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max impacted at a speed of 926 kilomters per hour.

The site of the crash in Ejere, Ethiopia: The Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max impacted at a speed of 926 kilomters per hour.

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Seattle Times journalist Dominic Gates says that critics or whistleblowers inside Boeing "are discriminated against, demoted or thrown out of the company entirely."

Seattle Times journalist Dominic Gates says that critics or whistleblowers inside Boeing "are discriminated against, demoted or thrown out of the company entirely."

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Production at the Boeing factory in Renton, Washington: A costly competition has developed between Boeing and Airbus that ultimately hurt airplane construction more than it helped.

Production at the Boeing factory in Renton, Washington: A costly competition has developed between Boeing and Airbus that ultimately hurt airplane construction more than it helped.

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Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg together with President Donald Trump at the debut event of the new Boeing 787-10 aircraft in 2017.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg together with President Donald Trump at the debut event of the new Boeing 787-10 aircraft in 2017.

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One of two sensors that measures the angle of attack is pictured at bottom on a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane outside the company's factory: Boeing appears to have ignored the vital rule of redundancy.

One of two sensors that measures the angle of attack is pictured at bottom on a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane outside the company's factory: Boeing appears to have ignored the vital rule of redundancy.

Foto: Stephen Brashear / Getty Images / AFP
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A wallet belonging to a victim of the Lion Air passenger jet that crashed floats in the waters of Ujung Karawang, West Java, Indonesia: The facts are clear -- 346 people are dead of unnatural causes in the two crashes of Boeing 737 Max jets.

A wallet belonging to a victim of the Lion Air passenger jet that crashed floats in the waters of Ujung Karawang, West Java, Indonesia: The facts are clear -- 346 people are dead of unnatural causes in the two crashes of Boeing 737 Max jets.

Foto: Achmad Ibrahim/ AP
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