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Amid public outcry, the FAA gave a vote of confidence to the Boeing 737 MAX, noting that it was "airworthy." Of course, the United States' governing aviation authority also committed to mandating design changes ... in April ... as in 19 days from now. The "patch" is set to rectify a system that is causing planes to automatically "nose-down."

The, albeit warranted, worries stem from a series of seemingly related 737 disasters within a five-month span. First, a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX crashed into the Java Sea killing some 189 people in October. Then over the weekend, 157 passengers were killed when an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX went down shortly after takeoff.

And it isn’t just the chem-trail truthers that are connecting the dots. There are some eerie similarities between the accidents. Let's start with the obvious: it’s the same f*cking plane. And not to mention both planes plummeted soon after takeoff with little to no warning. You don’t have to be the 'Ancient Aliens' guy to start looking into proximity to the Bermuda triangle.

The fallout

… sorry, I had to.

Boeing shares fell more than 5% on the first trading day following the weekend disaster. In premarket trading Boeing's stock was down close to 10%, its largest decline since the 9/11 attacks.

But accidents happen

But when accidents happen to a commercial jet-liner maker's fastest-selling plane of all time, it spells trouble for the manufacturer. The company has more than 5k of the jets in the pipeline for more than 100 carriers. Until this weekend, the 737 MAX had been dubbed an Airbus killer. 

Now, at least three countries (China, Indonesia, and Brazil) have grounded all flights aboard the plane and air-passengers in the US have raised concerns the only way Americans know how: via overly aggressive/borderline offensive Twitter trolling.

FAA Says Boeing 737 Max Still Airworthy Despite Second Crash  [Bloomberg]


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Opening Bell 9.24.19

This is basically the plot line to 'The Terminal 2' ...


Opening Bell 1.27.20

*Begins getting affairs in order* - Boeing test-pilot immediately after finding out he'll be tasked with the 777X's test flight

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Opening Bell 3.14.19

Snitches get stitches.


Opening Bell 1.13.20

Boeing's weekend was a lot like a 24-hour Spirit flight in a middle seat ...

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Opening Bell 2.24.19

Sooo who gets to stay in the Presidential Suite at Mar-a-lago?


Opening Bell 2.19.19

DB definitely not a BB