Donald Trump orders immediate grounding of Boeing 737 Max jets

Gladys Abbott
March 14, 2019

An Air Canada Boeing 737 Max aircraft arriving from Toronto prepares to land at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on March 12, 2019. "Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building airplanes; and it always will be", CEO Dan Muilenberg said.

'There is no greater priority for our company and our industry.

"We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again", the company said.

He says the safety of the American people is of "paramount concern".

United said it will ground its 14 737 MAX aircraft, which account for 40 flights a day.

US regulators reversed course Wednesday and announced they will ground Boeing Co.'s top-selling 737 Max family of airliners amid safety concerns after a crash Sunday in Ethiopia - five months after a similar tragedy off Indonesia.

Trump told reporters that he had spoken with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Acting FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell and Muilenburg before making the call to ground 737 Max 8 and Max 9 model planes in the U.S. "I didn't want to take any chances", Mr Trump said.

Trump said any airplane now in the air will go to its destination and then be grounded.

"It's a awful, bad thing".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday spoke on the phone with his Ethiopian counterpart as part of a diplomatic effort to secure Israeli rescue workers access to the site of a plane crash, where they hope to locate the bodies of the two Israeli victims who were on board. He thought American Airlines, his usual carrier, should have put its customer safety first, and not waited until the decision by the FAA and President Donald Trump.

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The grounding of the 737 MAX has so far had a limited impact on global operations. "We were giving them information, they were giving us information". "We wanted to go in very quickly and start identifying everything", even pieces of clothing.

The grounding of the aircraft has resulted in airlines around the world cancelling and rescheduling flights.

Pilots of both planes had to correct their planes' trajectories repeatedly after the automatic control systems aimed the nose downward.

The United Arab Emirates' aviation regulator said on Tuesday there were "marked similarities" between the crashes, and China's regulator noted both occurred shortly after take-off.

"Guests can book with confidence knowing that we continue to fly throughout the network with the safety of guests and employees at the forefront", it said. "It has something that has viscerally caught the attention of Canadians", he said. Some of the complaints appear to involve the same anti-stall system, according to a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration database.

"Our goal is to operate our schedule with every available aircraft in our fleet to meet our customers' expectations during the busy spring travel season", Southwest said in a statement.

"The pilot reported flight control problems and requested to turn back". It operates 11 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 2 MAX 9 jetliners.

In response to the announcement, Air Canada assured passengers its cancellation and booking policies are in place "with full fee waiver for affected customers".

Meanwhile, the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority made the announcement it would join the ongoing investigation into the crash and ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9s via the Emirates' state-run WAM news agency. An investigation into that crash is focused on the plane's software system, which is created to push the plane down, according to Reuters.

CNN host Brianna Keilar connected the Sunday crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 with the recent temporary government shutdown in the US.

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