Social media hysteria rules the day. American Airlines reported in 14,000 flights, there have be NO REPORTS of any flight management irregularities with the MAX 8. I repeat, no irregularities. I would fly on a MAX 8 in the hands of a WN or AA pilot today. We still have zero data on what happened on ET. We have no idea what happened. The flight recorders are on there way to Europe for analysis. This is taking way too long. When the plan is fully exonerated, which IMHO it will be, there will be a lot of egg on many hysterical faces.
Do you not see the contradiction between 'We have no idea what happened' and 'When the plan is fully exonerated, which IMHO it will be'. You have no idea, so you cannot possibly judge that the plane will be fully exonerated. All such a judgement shows is that your mind is closed and your opinion is completely non-objective. It's no better than those who think it definitely is MCAS. We don't know.
Fortunately accident investigators do not take such a mindset, it would be scandalous if they did.
We only know two of the same type of a new model of plane have crashed, in similar circumstances, within a few months, which is basically unprecedented in modern aviation. It doesn't seem unreasonable to ground it until the recorders are read does it, which after all shouldn't be long? If they show no link, as you reckon, the grounding can be lifted. The worst case scenario, a few days lost revenue. If the accidents are linked, the worst case scenario, another 180 people dead. Not sure why you're so desperate to keep it flying in these circumstances.
Also those saying there will be egg on faces if the cause isn't MCAS, grow up. Safety isn't about pride or ego or about proving anyone wrong. Those are the enemies of safety. It will be better if the cause is not linked and is not a fundamental flaw in the airframe. There is nothing wrong with being cautious until we can be sure of that though. Macho BS is what has gotten a lot of people killed in the past, and I personally hope some of you have never been and are never near a cockpit.