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Trump announces plan to ground all Boeing 737 MAX planes

Trump announces plan to ground all Boeing 737 MAX planes”

Earlier on Wednesday Canada announced it would also ground the aircraft, after satellite data suggested similarities between the flight profiles of the Ethiopian jet and a crash involving a Boeing aircraft in Indonesia a year ago.

Earlier in the day, an Ethiopian Airlines spokesman said that the black boxes of the Boeing 737 Max 8 would be sent to Germany for analysis.

The Trump administration had continued to resist growing domestic and global calls to ground the 737 Max 8, even as Trump discussed the issue Tuesday in a phone call with Muilenburg.

This comes after several nations, from the United Kingdom to Japan, grounded the passenger jets after two Boeing 737 Max 8s crashed in the past four months, killing 346 people onboard.

The crash in Ethiopia was the second fatal incident involving the narrow-body aircraft in less than five months. In October past year 189 people died when Lion Air's flight ET302 crashed off the coast of Indonesia.

On Wednesday, the chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam told the BBC that all 737 Max aircraft worldwide should be grounded until the causes of the crash were known.

About 2 percent of American's fleet operates on the 737 Max jets and less than 5 percent of Southwest's. It's quite obvious that we will not take the cost related to the new aircraft that we have to park temporarily.

During Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines flight, the plane nosedived minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa on an worldwide flight to Nairobi, Kenya, witnesses said.

The move to ban the plane follows calls by a number of USA lawmakers to ground the plane on Tuesday, after two crashes of the 737 Max aircraft in the past five months.

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Trump said "Boeing is an incredible company", but added "the safety of all people is our parament concern".

Regulators across the world shut operation of the 737 down, sending the company's stock price falling.

CNN have reported that US-based 737 Max pilots have filed complaints about the performance of MCAS in flight, including reports of the system operating while autopilot is switched on, which should not occur.

Given problems of identification of charred remains, it will take days to start returning them to families, probably weeks for some which will require dental or DNA testing. In the 737 Max, MCAS does this automatically, moving the aircraft back to a "normal" flight position. They should notify the passengers before.

The U.S., meanwhile, has continued flying the planes, with the Federal Aviation Administration saying the aircraft are safe to fly.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal suggested on Twitter that an upcoming hearing on the crash would focus on that conversation.

More than a dozen airlines as well as the governments of China, Indonesia, Australia, and Singapore have grounded the aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration has also backed the jet's airworthiness and said it is reviewing all available data. But October's Lion Air crash in Indonesia sparked a debate on automation, particularly over a software system created to push the plane down to stop a stall during flight.

United Airlines said nothing is more important than the safety of its customers and employees and that it will comply.



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