The first Boeing 737 Max crash happened a year ago today - here's how the saga unfolded, and the ongoing fallout as the plane remains grounded worldwide
- Lion Air flight 610 crashed in Indonesia one year ago today, the first of two fatal Boeing 737 Max crashes.
- Both crashes have been attributed to a faulty automated flight-control system, MCAS, although the plane type continued to fly for about five months after the Lion Air crash.
- Here's how the disaster unfolded, and what it's meant for Boeing, the FAA, and air travel around the world over the past 12 months.
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At 6:20 in the morning on October 29, 2018, a flight took off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in
Jakarta, Indonesia, heading to the city of Pangkal Pinang.
As far as the passengers knew, it should have been a normal domestic flight on the low-cost airline Lion Air, bringing commuters, vacationers, people visiting family, and students to the largest city on Bangka Island.Twelve minutes after taking off from Jakarta, the plane, a three-month-old Boeing 737 Max 8, plunged into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people on board.
Five months after the Lion Air tragedy, a second crash involving a 737 Max killed 157 people in Ethiopia. In the year since, numerous contributing factors have been made known, and the brand-new aircraft model has been grounded throughout the world. Meanwhile, a great American manufacturing and corporate success story has become embroiled in scandal.
Meanwhile, even as a final report revealed findings from the Indonesian government's investigation into the Lion Air crash, questions remain about could have been done to prevent it.
Here's what happened to Lion Air 610 on that October morning, and the legacy of the crash a year later:
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