Between two Boeing crashes, days of silence and mistrust

JAKARTA • When a new Boeing 737 Max 8 plunged into the waters off Indonesia last October, a terrifying mystery confronted the aviation industry: What could have caused Lion Air Flight 610, flown by experienced pilots in good weather, to fall out of the sky just 12 minutes after take-off?

But it took the second, equally terrifying crash of an identical aircraft under similar conditions five months later, in Ethiopia, to reveal the climate of mistrust that has plagued inquiries into what caused the first disaster.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 04, 2019, with the headline Between two Boeing crashes, days of silence and mistrust. Subscribe