Trump bows to pressure, grounds Boeing 737 Max-8 jets

Back-to-back crashes have forced airlines to ground Boeing's new 737
Boeing Racing to Contain Fallout, Investigate Ethiopian 737 Crash

14 March, 2019

"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".

Another Boeing 737 MAX 8, flown by Indonesia's Lion Air, crashed soon after takeoff from Jakarta in October past year, killing 189 people.

"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.

- The issuing an emergency order Wednesday grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft "effective immediately", in the wake of the crash of an Ethiopian Airliner that killed 157 people, President Donald Trump said.

The pilots said they were able to recover quickly following the aggressive dive - descending as fast as 1,500 feet per minute - by disconnecting the autopilot.

He says any plane now in the air will go to its destination and then be grounded. Boeing is working on improvements to the plane's flight-control system and the FAA plans to publish a related directive to operators "no later" than April.

"It's a awful, bad thing".

Tim Ghriskey, chief investment strategist at Inverness Counsel in NY, said the grounding gives Boeing time to address any problems and not face another potential disaster. "Safety, not the cost of retraining, must be the FAA's primary concern".

Garneau said the American authority is "an extremely professional organization" and Canada is "very comfortable" with it as a certifying agency for American makers' airplanes.

"What we can say is we don't have the capability to probe it here in Ethiopia", he said.

"Travellers can cancel their flights, but would not be eligible to claim compensation if they decide to do so", Henrik Zillmer, the chief executive of AirHelp, told the New York Times. He also spoke to American Airlines and other air carriers, and all parties agreed it was the "right" call.

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Many countries, including the United Kingdom, have suspended the plane after Sunday's crash.

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

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are both at the crash site in Ethiopia, Chao said.

Boeing sank 5.3% to US$400.01 at the close in NY, the biggest decline since 29 October, the day of the Lion Air crash.

"This was a great loss for our country, so it is something that has really viscerally caught the attention of Canadians", Garneau said. The U.S. FAA said the black boxes were headed to France later on Wednesday.

Five complaints from American pilots in a federal database, first uncovered by the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday, revealed apparent problems controlling the aircraft.

Boeing, which maintained that its planes were safe to fly, said in a statement that it supported the move to temporarily ground 737 MAX flights.

Air Canada has 24 Max 8s and WestJet has 13.

Adeel Khamisa said his family's Air Canada flight on a United Airlines-brand Max 8 plane from Montreal to L.A. was full last Saturday. "Decisions such as the one taken today are hard to make, but ultimately important to ensure continued public confidence in aviation", the union said in a statement.

Meanwhile, passengers in the USA are taking to social media to express their displeasure about potentially flying on Boeing 737 Max planes.

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