FAA Grounds Boeing 737 Max Jets in Reversal of Earlier Stance

FAA Grounds Boeing 737 Max Jets in Reversal of Earlier Stance

"This evidence, together with newly refined satellite data available to the FAA this morning, led to this decision".

The announcement follows Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people.

With another 4,661 on order, 737 Max 8s could become the workhorses for airlines around the globe for decades.

"This safety notice restricts commercial passenger flights from any air operator, both domestic and foreign, of the Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft - from arriving, departing, or overflying Canadian airspace". Some early-moving regulators admitted they had few specific facts suggesting the airplane was unsafe, but preferred to err on the side of caution.

Anxiety was also evident among travellers, who rushed to find out from social media whether they were booked to fly on 737 MAX planes - the same model involved in the Lion Air crash off Indonesia that killed 189 people in October.

On Monday, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the department had sent investigators to Ethiopia and would act if it had information about a threat to the public.

The pilots said they were able to recover quickly following the aggressive dive by disconnecting the autopilot.

Boeing tumbled the most on the S&P 500 Index as questions swirled around the newest version of its 737 family, a cash cow that generates nearly a third of the company's operating profit.

"We're going to be issuing an emergency order of prohibition to ground all flights of the 737 MAX 8 and the 737 MAX 9 and planes associated with that line", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Because the aircraft is so new - Boeing only delivered its first Max in 2017 - US carriers don't fly many of them.

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Family members reacts at the scene where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday.

'That's not to say it's not a problem, ' American Airlines pilot Dennis Tajer said of the incidents reported to NASA, 'but it is not the MCAS.

The president said he "didn't have to make this decision today", but concluded, "it's the right thing to do".

Southwest likely will have more trouble.

WestJet noted that the grounding order affects just eight per cent of its 162-plane fleet.

Ryder explained the airlines may try to cut the number of flights on some routes and replace the Max 8 jetliners with larger planes.

The carrier said in a statement that its Max aircraft - all now removed from service - account for less than 5 percent of its daily flights.

"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 UK Civil Aviation Authority has been closely monitoring the situation, however, as we do not now have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace".

"Customers are being provided with care and assistance in addition to SMS and web updates with the options to rebook or receive a full refund free of charge if they no longer wish to travel".

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