MAX 8 safety card mix-up sparks panic

Worried passengers fear they are flying on grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets due to a safety card mix-up.

Dozens of travellers have taken to Twitter to ask airlines why they are flying on the doomed jet behind the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people.

The MAX 8 has been grounded worldwide following the horror — the second crash to take place on one of the planes after a Lion Air flight went down under similar circumstances in October.

Passengers were stunned today after seeing the safety card on a Norwegian Air flight as they left London Gatwick for Malaga.

Passengers are worried they are flying on the grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets over a safety card mix-up.Source:Supplied

One traveller took a photo of the card, which clearly displays the name of the MAX 8 alongside details for the 737-800 jet.

The airline, which was forced to ground 18 of Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 model after the Ethiopia Airlines crash a month ago, said: “The Boeing 737-800 is not affected by the global grounding by aviation authorities of the 737 MAX aircraft.

“Our safety cards on board display the two model variants since passenger safety instructions on both aircraft are the same.”

PASSENGER FEARS

Southwest Airlines has been bombarded with tweets by worried passengers who have spotted the safety card.

@cmigbear said: “Hi, @SouthwestAir. Why is my plane not grounded?”

James Davis wrote: “Was just informed that I am currently on a Boeing 737 Max (while on it) although it was supposedly grounded by the administration……@SouthwestAir”.

@Yah_Bish_Rosati said: “@SouthwestAir took this flight on Sunday maybe I’m misinformed aren’t these grounded?”

Sonny Markovski said: “My wife just flew to Denver from Nashville and this is in all the seats, why are you flying these planes!!!”

While @DMV_VC tweeted: “@FAANews @FAASafetyBrief @SouthwestAir So I’m travelling on SW FLT 474 from DC to Dallas and just wondering why Southwest is flying the 737 Max 8 grounded aircraft.”

Southwest Airlines has been bombarded with tweets by worried passengers who have spotted the safety card.Source:Supplied

DOOMED JET STILL GROUNDED

The airline, which operates flights across 100 destinations in 41 states, as well as low-budget planes to Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean, has now been forced to explain the mix-up.

They said: “Southwest has removed our Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft from service in accordance with FAA requirements.

“That said, it’s important to note that the Boeing 737-800 and 737-MAX 8 aircraft share the same safety card. We apologise for any confusion!”

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft are still grounded around the world. Picture: AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene, FileSource:AP

DEVASTATING CRASH

The Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa on March 10, killing all 157 people on board.

It has since emerged the plane hit a mystery object just after takeoff, sending it plunging to the ground. This triggered false data — prompting the pilots to turn off the anti-stall system known as MCAS.

The system was then re-engaged, which pushed the plane downwards and led to it crashing into the ground as the crew performed all of the procedures recommended by Boeing.

‘So I’m travelling on SW FLT 474 from DC to Dallas and just wondering why Southwest is flying the 737 Max 8 grounded aircraft’ one person wrote on Twitter.Source:Supplied

This anti-stalling system on the Boeing 737 MAX has since been blamed for the disaster.

Investigators are now looking into whether the software is also behind the devastating Lion Air crash that killed 189 people on board.

Boeing today apologised as it admitted a key sensor malfunctioned on the Ethiopian Airlines flight.

CEO Dennis Muilenburg said: “We at Boeing are sorry for the lives lost in the recent 737 accidents and are relentlessly focused on safety to ensure tragedies like this never happen again.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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