Downfall: The Case Against Boeing

Investigators reveal how Boeing’s alleged priority of profit over safety could have contributed to two catastrophic crashes within months of each other.

Year: 2022
Certificate: 12
Runtime: 1hr 29m
Director: Rory Kennedy

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As a child I was always fascinated with aeroplanes, where most teen girls had posters of Take That or East 17 on their walls I had posters of aircraft. In fact my favourite poster had photos of all the Boeing planes through the years. So this was an obvious choice of documentary for me to watch.

“Downfall: The Case Against Boeing” is essentially about the Air Lion and Ethiopian Airlines crashes in 2018 and 2019 respectively and the causes of those crashes. However it also goes into detail about the history of the company, its workers, their history of safety-at-any-cost morals and how it all changed.

The format for the documentary is quite unusual in that, it discusses the two crashes and looks at the media coverage that surrounded them, before switching to show the history of Boeing and the changes that were made over the years.  It then goes back to the crashes and ties it all together.

“Downfall: The Case Against Boeing” uses a mixture of talking heads from victim’s family members, media, Boeing staff and government officials, actual news coverage and rather realistic computer graphics that show what was happening in the cockpits of those fateful planes to tell the story. However some of the most interesting footage comes from a workers hidden camera footage where claims are made about the quality of the builds of the aircraft, and how worries from staff were dealt with.

Whilst the reasons for the crashes were complicated engineering “Downfall: The Case Against Boeing” does a really good job of explaining it all in layman’s terms, so it doesn’t get too hard to follow. It is also fairly unbiased in its telling of the events, although Boeing refused to appear in the documentary they did answer questions raised through written communication and this is included at the end.

“Downfall: The Case Against Boeing” is a really interesting yet somber look at what happens when companies forget their roots and stop listening to staff and start listening to shareholders demands. I highly recommend this be the next documentary that you watch regardless of your interest in planes – unless you’re scared of flying and have a flight coming up soon then I’d maybe skip this one.

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