Aviation attorneys offer insight on deadly Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane crash in Ethiopia

One hundred and forty-nine passengers and eight crew members were killed March 10, 2019 when their plane, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, crashed within minutes of takeoff from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The plane, a new Boeing 737 MAX 8, was en route to Nairobi, Kenya, and carrying passengers of 35 different nationalities, including 22 U.N. staff members and eight Americans.

The crash was the second in roughly six months involving Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 fleet, one the manufacturer’s latest models. The previous crash, Indonesian Lion Air Flight JT 610, occurred in October 2018 and claimed the lives of 189 passengers and crew members.

Motley Rice Aviation Attorneys Speak Out 

“Well, if you don't know why planes are falling out of the sky, what you're doing is betting with passengers' lives and other lives that it won't happen again,” Motley Rice aviation attorney Mary Schiavo told PBS.

Motley Rice aviation attorneys have experience investigating plane disasters involving international commercial airlines, and have represented families of passengers when mechanical failures and other issues that were found to be at fault. For more information, contact attorney Mary Schiavo at 843.216.9138 or mschiavo@motleyrice.com or attorney Jim Brauchle at 843.216.9243 or jbrauchle@motleyrice.com.

Aviation lawyer and CNN transportation analyst Mary Schiavo is a former inspector general for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Aviation attorney James Brauchle is a former U.S. Air Force navigator with years of flying experience. Both provided on-air analysis following the crash.

Below are some of their commentary and analysis since the fatal crash:

CNN (May, 21, 2019) - 737 Max lawsuit suggests parallels to 1990s crashes

The Post & Courier (May 20, 2019) - Lawsuit alleges Boeing knowingly built dangerous 737 Max

CNN Newsroom (April 4, 2019) – Ethiopian Officals: Crew followed all procedures but still could not control Boeing 737 Max 8

CNNi (March 27, 2019) – Quest Means Business – Senate Grills FAA on Oversight after 737 MAX Crashes

BBC (March 27, 2019) – Boeing Safety Oversight

CNN (March 26, 2019) – NYT: Simulator Pilots had 40 Seconds to save Boeing 737 MAX

CNN (March 21, 2019) – New Revelations about Lion Air Disaster


CNN (March 11, 2019) – ‘Grounding of Boeing 737 MAX 8 is in order

CNN (March 11, 2019) – Airlines Ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 Planes after Ethiopia Crash