The Boeing 737 Max has been internationally grounded. Even if it was still permitted to fly, it is hard to imagine anyone being willing to get on board. Flyers, crew and airlines are very reluctant to have anything to do with this plane following two fatal crashes of the model, that happened within just five months of one another. The horrific accidents seemed to be have been caused by a series of malfunctions within the planes’ systems. Hundreds of people died on board and the exact causes have never been labeled, although the blame is thought to lie with Boeing and its engineering.
What other planes have encountered horrible mass mishaps? Here are a few.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Back in 2013, a bad battery design resulted in battery fires on an All Nippon Airways flight in Japan, as well as a Japanese plane sitting unoccupied in Boston. Due to these potentially severe problems, all Dreamliners were recalled for three months before returning to service, for a change of design.
McDonnell Douglas DC-10
In 1979, American Airlines Flight 191 crashed in Chicago, killing 273 people and leaving massive wreckage in its wake. The crash is said to have happened because the left-wing of the plane separated from the body during takeoff. Why did this occur? Researchers eventually attributed the accident to poor maintenance.
That was not the only case in which a DC-10 caused massive pain to humanity, however. The plane crashed several times, including once in France when in 1973, Turkish Airlines Flight 981 in Picardi fell from the skies and killed everyone on board.
In this case, the problem lay with a cargo door that opened while in flight. It made the cabin floor collapse, causing fatal chaos.
Lockheed L-049 Constellation
Early flight obviously also had its risks. In 1946, four unfortunate passengers met their demise while flying onboard a TWA Constellation plane. The aircraft crashed near Reading, Pennsylvania. The accident was said to have been caused by fires happening in the electrical system and within the engine onboard the airplane. Thankfully many people survived, as with such a serious issue, the number of fatalities could have been much worse.
Not entirely an airplane but worthy of being on this list, the Hindenburg was a zeppelin that functioned as a passenger airship. It famously caught fire while trying to dock at its mooring mast at Naval Air Station Lakehurst, bursting into enormous flames that engulfed the entire vessel. Amazingly, only 35 people died and 62 of the people on board survived the horrific ordeal.
The de Havilland Comet
Do you like square windows? Hopefully not on a plane. The de Havilland Comet that first took flight in 1952 had square windows instead of round ones and this caused it to break in two pieces mid-air. It was a small difference, but obviously a crucial one!
As the world’s first jetliner, it got almost everything right, but not quite. Thankfully, jetliners have been redesigned for safe travel.
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