Groundings

The grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX globally is not the first time in aviation history.
It is of course not a normal occurrence, but then again nothing utterly sensational. It has happened before and below are some of those cases.

2013: Boeing 787 Dreamliner – first aircraft in service 2009 – was grounded between January 16, 2013 and April 19 the same year, due to two cases of lithium battery fires.

2000: Concorde – first aircraft in service 1976 – was grounded between August 16, 2000 and November 2001 after a fiery crash in Paris, where fuel tank safety was an issue.

1982: Yakovlev Yak-42 – first aircraft inservice 1980 – was grounded between 1982 and 1984 due to a design fault involving the horizontal stabilizer, causing a crash on June 28, 1982.

1979: McDonnell Douglas DC-10 – first aircraft in service 1971 – was grounded between June 6, 1979 and July 13 the same year, after an AA crash where the engine pylon assembly was substandard.

1954: de Havilland Comet – first aircraft in service 1952 – was grounded in 1954 after two inflight break-ups. The grounding was lifted in 1958.

1947: Douglas DC-6 – first aircraft in service 1947 – was grounded on November 11, 1947 for four months after a number of inflight fires and one fatal accident on October 24, 1947

1946: Lockheed Constellation – first aircraft in service 1945 – was grounded between July 12 and August 23, 1946 after an inflight fire causing a crash on July 11, 1946

What can we learn from this? Not very much really, more than that things happens and are taken care of. And that things will happen and be taken care of. What is still to come is the date when the Boeing MAX grounding is lifted.

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