Crashed Boeing planes were missing safety features that would have cost airlines extra

It is possible that the two injured Boeing aircraft lacked security features that were only available as expensive add-ons, according to The New York Times . Airlines such as Lion Air of Indonesia skipped the improvements, making it difficult for the crew members trying to get the plane out of their fatal nose dive.

Last October, Lion Air flight 610 crashed in Indonesia, killing all 189 passengers and crew members on board. Five months later, on March 10, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashed minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa, and all 157 people on the plane died. Both plane crashes involved the Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner, a popular plane that has since been grounded by airline regulators awaiting further investigation.

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