The Boeing 737 MAX situation reminds us that jetliner groundings, while rare, have always been with us. In 1979, the FAA grounded the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 following concerns that a weak left engine mount had caused the crash of an American Airlines flight in Chicago, killing 273 people. This followed a 1974 Turkish Airlines DC-10 crash with 346 fatalities, thanks to a faulty cargo door design. Dogged by high fuel burn and a perception that it was operationally unsafe, McDonnell Douglas ...

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