President Trump has officially ordered the FAA to ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft currently operating in the United States. Several major airlines-including American, Delta, and Southwest-currently operate the Max 8 and Max 9 as part of their fleets. All planes currently in operation will be grounded upon landing.
President Trump made this announcement during a press event at the White House.
President Trump’s order comes after a Boeing 737 Max 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after take off, killing all 157 passengers on board. The crash in Ethiopia occurred mere months after another Max 8 operated by Lion Air crashed in Indonesia. The plane slammed into the Java Sea 12 minutes after take off, killing all 189 people on board.
The Lion Air crash was the second deadliest plane crash in Indonesia’s history, and the worst accident in Lion Air’s 18 year operation.
Several countries had already grounded Boeing’s 737 Max 8. Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Australia had ordered the Max 8’s operating in their respective countries on Monday.
Earlier today Canada’s transportation minister announced that they would bar all Max 8 and Max 9 planes from their airspace. The announcement came amid reports that satellite data had detected similarities between the Ethiopian and Indonesian crashes.
President Trump stated that he had worked with Canada before ordering the FAA to ground all Max 8 and Max 9 planes.
The cause of the Ethiopian Airlines crash is not yet known. The plane’s black box had been recovered from the wreckage, and will be sent to Germany for further analysis.
Boeing has continued to insist that the 737 Max 8 and Max 9 are safe.
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