Trump Grounds All U.S. Boeing 737 Max Planes

14 March, 2019, 04:40 | Author: Regina Silva
  • Hong Kong bans Boeing 737 MAX flights

Earlier on Wednesday Canada announced it would also ground the aircraft, after satellite data suggested similarities between the flight profiles of the Ethiopian jet and a crash involving a Boeing aircraft in Indonesia previous year.

On Wednesday, the chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam told the BBC that all 737 Max aircraft worldwide should be grounded until the causes of the crash were known. "We continue to consult closely with regulators around the world, airlines and aircraft manufacturers to ensure passenger safety", it Tweeted late on Tuesday.

"The safety of the American people, of all people, is our paramount concern", Mr Trump said.

The single-aisle 737 MAX, first delivered in May 2017, has been Boeing's best-selling plane ever with more than 350 planes registered and about 5,000 planes on order. Authorities in France and Britain said they had not been approached yet. European regulators on Tuesday grounded the aircraft following Sunday's crash of a similar plane in Ethiopia, which killed 157 people and was the second crash involving that type of plane since October.

Dozens of countries had grounded the planes following Sunday's crash, which was less that five months after another deadly crash in Indonesia involving the same type of plane.

A almost brand-new Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff in Ethiopia Sunday, killing all 157 people on board.

Many nations in the world had already barred the Boeing 737 Max 8 from its airspace, but until now, the Federal Aviation Administration had been saying that it didn't have any data to show the jets are unsafe.

The plane that crashed in Indonesia was also a 737 MAX.

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I am sure everyone is keen to see the results of both investigations, so that targeted action can be taken to assure the ongoing safety of flight.

The United States-based aerospace company hoped its new 737 MAX 8 would bring in a new era of passenger safety.

Boeing donated $1 million to Trump's inaugural fund and the two men met later at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida to discuss the new Air Force One presidential aircraft that Boeing is constructing.

Possibly presaging a raft of claims, Norwegian Air said it would seek recompense for lost revenue and extra costs after grounding its 737 MAX aircraft.

Only charred fragments of victims remain, meaning it will take weeks to identify all of them using dental or DNA testing. But October's Lion Air crash in Indonesia sparked a debate on automation, particularly over a software system created to push the plane down to stop a stall during flight.

In a statement Wednesday, before the order from Transport Canada, Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said the airline has a "flexible rebooking policy" that includes options to change flights to another aircraft if space permits, but wouldn't indicate if that comes with a fee. Much of the 737 MAX 8 aircraft and its systems are common to earlier variants.

The Boeing 737 Max has been the fastest-selling aircraft in Boeing's history, with more than 4,500 ordered by 100 different operators globally.

The Federal Aviation Administration has also backed the jet's airworthiness and said it is reviewing all available data.

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