The public’s interest in the Ethiopian 737 MAX crash was much higher than usual for many reasons

The 10 March 2019 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX aircraft, was unusual in many respects, including the fact that this model has had its second fatal crash less than two years after entering airline service. This kind of frequency for a new aircraft model is rare, and has not been seen since the 1960s.

Worldwide interest was also driven by the fact the passengers killed in the crash included citizens from over 30 countries, including and a number of United Nations employees and others in the international community who were…