Trump announces plan to ground all Boeing 737 MAX planes

Irving Hamilton
March 14, 2019

The U.S.is issuing an emergency order Wednesday grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft "effective immediately", in the wake of the crash of an Ethiopian Airliner that killed 157 people, President Donald Trump said.

USA airlines that operate the 737 MAX, Southwest Airlines Co, American Airlines Group Inc and United Airlines, said they were working to re-book passengers.

"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".

The move is a major blow to Boeing, which has lost billions of dollars in value this week as nation after nation announced they were barring the aircraft from flying.

Boeing dropped as much as 3.2 per cent after Trump's announcement but recovered much of the days loss by 3:17 p.m.in NY.

Lawmakers have also called for the planes to be grounded.

Southwest is the world's largest operator of the 737 MAX 8 with 34 jets, while American flies 24 MAX 8s and United 14 MAX 9s.

Carrier spokeswoman Tonje Naess told The Associated Press Wednesday that the Oslo-based airline "should not have any financial burden for a brand new aircraft that will not to be used".

WASHINGTON:After nearly all countries across the world banned it, the United States also banned the Boeing 737 MAX - the aircraft was involved in two deadly crash in the past five months.

Boeing responded to the FAA's decision in a statement just after Trump's announcement, saying it still has "full confidence" in its aircraft.

"We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution", said Dennis Muilenburg, chief executive officer of Boeing. "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".

Canada grounded the planes earlier on Wednesday while the European Union acted on Tuesday.

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Most airlines have spare planes positioned throughout the country to deal with mechanical and weather delays, he said.

Kosovo has barred the Boeing 737 Max 8 and 738 Max 9 airplanes from its airspace following the crash of a similar jetliner in Ethiopia on Sunday in which all 157 on board were killed.

Passengers were fretting too, with many seeking reassurances they would not be flying on a 737 Max. However, a more formal fix to redesign it won't be mandated until April, the FAA said Monday.

The crash was the second disaster involving the 737 MAX, the world's most-sold modern passenger aircraft, in less than five months.

The crashes prompted numerous airlines and countries to announce this week they were grounding the gets pending investigation into the cause.

Trump said Wednesday that the FAA would be making the announcement soon to ground the planes.

"The plane rotated two times in the air, and it had some smoke coming from the back then, it hit the ground and exploded", farmer Tamrat Abera said. Mr Trump said pilots and airlines had been "notified" and said Boeing and the FSS were "in agreement with the action".

"It's a awful, bad thing. They are working very, very hard right now and hopefully, they'll come up with an answer, but until they do, all planes are grounded". In contrast, its fleet includes more than 500 of the older 737-700 model.

The grounding was welcomed by air workers in the United States.

Elwell said he couldn't detail what was found on the ground because the investigation is in its early stages and is continuing.

Shortly afterwards Mr Trump took the decision to halt flights on the Boeing model.

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