The Boeing 737 Max has Crucial Safety Equipment Sold as an Optional Extra
Essential reading from Jon Ostrower, at The Air Current:
Lion Air 610 should never have been allowed to get airborne on October 29, a conclusion shared by those familiar with the inquiry. The plane simply wasn’t airworthy. According to the preliminary investigation, PK-LQP’s Angle of Attack sensors were disagreeing by 20-degrees as the aircraft taxied for takeoff. A warning light that would’ve alerted the crew to the disagreement wasn’t part of the added-cost optional package of equipment on Lion Air’s 737 Max aircraft.
It’s staggering to me that any safety feature is sold as an optional extra.