A Visual Timeline of Major Boeing Incidents

Written by Henrik Rothen

Mar.18 - 2024 4:01 PM CET

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Explore a concise visual timeline highlighting major safety incidents involving Boeing aircraft in recent years. Each event underscores the challenges faced and the continuous efforts towards ensuring passenger safety.

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Up until the beginning of 2019, there's no doubt that being an investor in the aircraft manufacturer Boeing was quite an enjoyable experience. In February 2019, the stock reached a peak at $424, but from there, it quickly went downhill.

Despite a gradual recovery for Boeing, several scandals have significantly shaken the company, affecting its business and causing the stock to head in the wrong direction again.

Below, we've taken a closer look at some of the major scandals involving Boeing in recent times, so you can get an overview of why this otherwise popular company has found itself in a situation where many now completely avoid flying with them.

Boeing 737 MAX Crashes: The Tragic Episodes

  • October 2018 & March 2019

    • Fatalities: 346 lives lost in Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes.

    • Aircraft: Boeing 737 MAX 8

    • Outcome: Worldwide grounding of the 737 MAX for nearly two years.

Unforeseen Challenges: Engine Failures & Emergency Landings

  • February 20, 2021

    • Incident: Engine failure on a United Airlines Boeing 777-200 after takeoff.

    • Result: Emergency landing with engine fire but no injuries.

  • March 31, 2022

    • Incident: A Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 declares an emergency due to a broken windshield.

    • Result: Safe landing in Denver with 198 passengers.

Recent Concerns: Engine Troubles and Structural Failures

  • June 6, 2023

    • Flight Path: New Delhi to San Francisco on an Air India Boeing 777.

    • Incident: Engine troubles necessitating an emergency landing in Russia.

  • January 5, 2024

    • Detail: Missing door stopper bolts on an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 9.

    • Context: Incident occurred shortly after the aircraft's delivery.

  • January 13, 2024

    • Observation: Crack in cockpit front glass of an All Nippon Airways Boeing 737.

    • Action: Immediate return to New Chitose Airport.

Landing Gear and Engine Fires: The Latest Reports

  • January 20, 2024

    • Incident: A wheel detaches from Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 during taxiing.

    • Location: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta.

  • February to March 2024

    • Events: Include wing damage, engine fire, and a tire falling off during takeoff.

    • Aircraft: Variants include Boeing 757-200 and 777-200.

Technical Failures: Risks and Responses

  • March 11, 2024

    • Incident: "Technical failure" in a LATAM Airlines Boeing 787-9.

    • Impact: Caused violent shaking and multiple injuries.

    • Route: Sydney, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand.

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