Whatever is ultimately concluded about the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crashes, the response to the second accident was an aviation regulatory gamechanger. Typically, the US—and FAA in particular—is the global leader when it comes to major safety decisions, such as issuing an emergency grounding order. That is especially true where a US-made and certified aircraft is involved. In this case, of course, the opposite was true. By the time the US issued its ...

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