737 MAX fatal event rate is much higher than that of prior 737 models

Wreckage recovery from Ethiopian 737 MAX crash (AP photo)

The 737 MAX, the newest generation of the 737 family of airliners, has had two fatal crashes in its first two years of service, giving it rate of fatal events that is several times higher than the combined rate of the previous generations of the 737. These crashes have led to the worldwide grounding of the aircraft, and a loss of public confidence in the safety of the 737…