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Questions Swirl As 737s Remain Grounded

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Boeing’s newest aircraft, the 737 Max, remains grounded after the second fatal crash in the space of just a few months.

Boeing says its working with investigators to figure out what caused the Ethiopian Airlines crash this month and the Lion Air crash last October.

Intersection talks to former engineering test pilot, Dr. Clint Baylog about what’s next for the 737 Max, and what the grounding means for aircraft safety.

“You have to take the time to do this right,” says Baylog, a professor of aeronautics at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

“The preliminary evidence may not tell you what was causal in an aircraft crash, but it may tell you what was not causal.”

Baylog says pilots always have a way to override the automated systems for a Boeing aircraft.

“The pilot ultimately has authority over the aircraft… the pilot can do more with the aircraft to override the software limits.”

“The thing I would caution the general public and the media about is, there’s going to be a lot of information coming out from a lot of different sources. You really need to focus on the reliable sources [like] the NTSB, says Baylog.

“There’s going to be a lot of bad information out in the public.”

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Matthew Peddie

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Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »