Trump Grounds All U.S. Boeing 737 Max Planes

Galtero Lara
Marcha 14, 2019

Countries around the world have grounded the 737 Max jets or banned them from flying over their airspace since the Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed soon after taking off from Addis Ababa on Sunday.

Trump said "Boeing is an incredible company", but added "the safety of all people is our parament concern". In October previous year 189 people died when Lion Air's flight ET302 crashed off the coast of Indonesia. Both airlines said they would immediately comply with the FAA order.

Tewolde said he is confident the "investigation will reveal that the crash is not related to Ethiopian Airlines' safety record".

It crashed 30 miles southeast of the airport, approximately six minutes into its two-hour flight, near the town of Bishoftu.

Then real and effective comparisons can then be made with what is known about the cause of the Lion Air disaster.

"There must be a rigorous investigation into why the aircraft, which has critical safety systems that did not exist on prior models, was certified without requiring additional pilot training", he said.

Investigators have found the cockpit voice recorder and digital flight data recorder but it will be a while before the findings are made public.

Following last October's Lion Air crash in Indonesia, investigators said the pilots had appeared to struggle with an automated system created to keep the plane from stalling, a new feature of the jet.

After the Lion Air crash, questions were raised about the aircraft's Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), created to prevent the aircraft from stalling. Aviation experts say other technical issues or human error can not be discounted.

"The little extra costs they are incurring, they can probably get that covered by Boeing", Rasch-Olsen said.

Rescuers work at the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines flight crash near Bishoftu or Debre Zeit south of Addis Ababa Ethiopia
Mulugeta Ayene Rescuers work at the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines flight crash near Bishoftu or Debre Zeit south of Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Australia's decision to suspend all Boeing 737 Max 8 flights in and out of the country appears to be a prudent precaution.

Since the Indonesia crash, there has been a focus on an automated anti-stall system in the 737 Max that dips the aircraft's nose down.

After the Lion Air crash, it was disclosed that the aircraft involved had experienced problems with a sensor which calculates the angle of flight. The Boeing 737 flight manual includes a procedure for pilots to counter any problems in the aircraft's automatic trim system by disconnecting the autopilot and auto throttle systems. The group includes the Max 7, 8, 9 and 10 models.

Though there are no proven links between the two recent 737 MAX crashes, the United Arab Emirates' aviation regulator said on Tuesday there were "marked similarities" and China's regulator noted both occurred shortly after take-off.

Norwegian is one of the worst affected among European airlines.

The Oslo-based airline has 18 "MAX" passenger jets in its 163-aircraft fleet.

More countries are grounding the planes, and passengers are cancelling their trips.

In the wake of Sunday's crash in Ethiopia, aviation authorities and carriers around the world, including in Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, France, Germany, South Africa, the European Union, China and Russian Federation, have either grounded all 737 Max 8 series aircraft or closed their airspace to them.

Forensic DNA work for identifications of the remains recovered so far has not yet begun, according to an Ethiopian Airlines spokesperson.

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