US President Donald Trump has temporarily banned the use of Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9.
“All of those planes are grounded, effective immediately,” Trump said during a scheduled briefing on border security.
Many nations had already barred the Boeing 737 Max 8 from its airspace, but until Trump’s announcement, the Federal Aviation Administration had said that it didn’t have any data to show the jets are unsafe. Trump cited “new information” that had come to light in the ongoing investigation into incident. He did not elaborate.
This is happening after the crash (on Sunday) of Ethiopian Airlines Fight ET302, that was enroute to Nairobi.
Experts had expressed concerned over the aircraft’s MCAS system.
Below is Boeing’s full statement in Text.
Boeing continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX However, after consultation with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and aviation authorities and its customers around the world, Boeing has determined — out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft’s safety — to recommend to the FAA the temporary suspension of operations of the entire global fleet of 371 737 MAX aircraft
“On behalf of the entire Boeing team, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives in these two tragic accidents,. said Dennis Muilenburg, president, CEO, Chairman of The Boeing Company.
“We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution. Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building airplanes, and it always will be. 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..
Boeing makes this recommendation and supports the decision by the FAA.
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