How The 737 MAX Went Down

The evolution of the 737, sourced from Boeing airport drawings

This is the final part of a series on Boeing’s culture crash. Part two was the nightmare of the 787 Dreamliner.

The 737 was an airframe designed in 1967 for 50 people. Over time it stretched to seat over 200, but it had one Achilles heel. In 1967, the ground staff just flung baggage into the plane, so it was built low…



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Indrajit Samarajiva is a writer from Sri Lanka, grumpily in Oxford for a while. Sign up for my newsletter at, and you can reach me at