U.S. grounding some Boeing 737s after Ethiopia crash
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 14, 2019,
Mar 14, 2019, 6:57
'There is no greater priority for our company and our industry.
The decision to ground the 737 Max in the US came amid growing pressure as regulators around the world halted flights on the aircraft. European regulators on Tuesday grounded the aircraft following Sunday's crash of a similar plane in Ethiopia, which killed 157 people and was the second crash involving that type of plane since October.
Resisting pressure, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) acting administrator Dan Elwel said its review had shown "no systemic performance issues". "They are all in agreement with the action", Mr. Trump said at the White House.
Other passengers were not too anxious to be on one of the grounded types of planes.
They later said on social media that all their aircraft had safely landed.
"It's a awful, bad thing".
"Even so, Cox thinks Boeing will recover because the planes typically fly for 30 to 40 years and any needed fix will be made quickly, he said".
United States aircraft manufacturer Boeing has recommended that its entire global fleet of 737 MAX aircraft be grounded, after evidence collected from the scene of the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash was made available to aviation authorities. But on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said the FAA was reversing course, saying "the safety of the American people, of all people, is our paramount concern".
Schwieterman said he hoped there might be an option for the grounding to be done in a "phased approach", over a period of weeks, for example.
"I thought maybe it would fall on our village", he said. "We'll continue to engage with them to ensure they have the information needed to have confidence in operating their fleets".
Now, in the meantime, the United States and Canada have agreed to block the troubled jets' flights out of safety concerns.
Boeing immediately responded with a statement of its own backing the decision, as if it had any real choice or say in the matter.
"Air Canada's cancellation and rebooking policies are in place with full fee waiver for affected customers", the airline said in a statement posted to its website.
"And eventually, unfortunately, the pilot lost that fight with the software", Garneau finished.
The transport minister emphasized that the picture painted by the satellite data about the similarities between the Indonesian and Ethiopian flights was not conclusive, but it was worrying enough that it "crossed a threshold" that spurred the government to act.
United Airlines said nothing is more important than the safety of its customers and employees and that it will comply. "It has something that has viscerally caught the attention of Canadians", he said. "The FAA continuously assesses and oversees the safety performance of USA commercial aircraft".
Norwegian Air Shuttles says it will seek compensation from aircraft maker Boeing after the low-priced carrier grounded its fleet of 737 MAX 8 aircraft. American operates 85 flights per day on average on its 24 Max 8 aircraft, or about 1.3 percent of all its departures. "If we can't legally stop the aircraft from landing here in Fort Lauderdale, then I've asked the County Attorney to amend our contracts with airlines flying the jet and I want warning signs placed at terminal gates so passengers will know they're boarding this type of aircraft".
The Air Canada Pilots Association said it supports the minister's move.
Trump had resisted calls for the jet to be grounded until the cause of the crashes is found and planned modifications of software are installed for the aircraft's automatic anti-stall system, which may have played a role in both accidents.
He added all airlines and affected pilots had been notified.