Published On: Wed, Mar 13th, 2019

Boeing 737 MAX planes GROUNDED around the world after Trump BANS planes from US airspace


Sunday’s deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash killed all 157 people on board. Speaking at the White House, President Trump said the US is issuing a “emergency order to ground all 737 Max 8 and the 737 Max 9, and planes associated with that line”.  Mr Trump said pilots and airlines had been “notified” and said Boeing and the FSS were “in agreement with the action”. Many countries, including the UK, have suspended the plane after Sunday’s crash.

In a statement released by Boeing, the company said it continues to have “full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX” but is grounding the “entire global fleet of 371 and 737 MAX”.

This decision was made after consultation with the US Federal Aviation authority (FAA) and the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Earlier today the FAA said a review had showed “no systemic performance issues” and there was no basis to ground the aircraft – according to the BBC.

Boeing said it’s decision to grounds the entire fleet was “out of abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft’s safety”.

The Boeing statement said: “Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building aeroplanes, and it will always will be.

“We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, reply safety enhancement and help ensure this does not happen again.”

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced Tuesday it was grounding all 737 MAX aeroplanes from UK airspace.

Six minutes after takeoff on Sunday the Ethiopian Airlines plane plunged ito disaster.

A spokesman for the UK CAA said: “Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the tragic incident in Ethiopia on Sunday.

“The UK Civil Aviation Authority has been closely monitoring the situation, however, as we do not currently have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace.

“The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s safety directive will be in place until further notice.

“We remain in close contact with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and industry regulators globally.”

Regulators across the European Union, Singapore, China Australia and Hong Kong have banned the aircraft.



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