The FAA has grounded all Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 planes in the United States, three days after the deadly Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 which killed all 157 passengers and crew onboard on Sunday, March 10th. This was the second deadly crash of a 737 MAX 8 in just 5 months.
This decision follows mounting pressure as The MAX 8 was grounded by every other country and major airline in the world, except the three US airlines American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United (which operates the MAX 9).
MAX 8 and MAX 9 planes will stay grounded at least until Ethiopia transports the black boxes from Ethiopian Airlines flight 302, which crashed on Sunday, March 10th, to “another country” to speed up analysis of flight data (The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority doesn’t have the technology required to analyze them) and recover flight data and cockpit voice recorders that might help to explain why this second deadly crash happened. Data from the first deadly flight—Lion Air Flight JT610 which crashed into the sea off of the coast of Java—was never recovered.
To read more on this story, go to ABC News.
UPDATE: 12:47 pm CST
American Airlines and United have responded to the order.
United’s statement on the FAA grounding pic.twitter.com/CfMNC7AkI4
— United Airlines (@united) March 13, 2019
— Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) March 13, 2019
Southwest Airlines has pamphlets on their flights but their customers have been left with many questions:
— Monica Stephens (@geographiliac) March 13, 2019
Update: 2:00 PM CST
Southwest airlines has released a statement.
Our statement regarding the Boeing 737 MAX 8: pic.twitter.com/sjoCGwffby
— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) March 13, 2019
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