President Trump Grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 Jets

President Trump Grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 Jets

Boeing said that it "continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max".

The world's biggest planemaker is facing its most serious crisis in years, as the decades-old 737 program, one of its most reliable sources of cash and profits, takes a severe blow to its prestige.

"The FAA is prepared to make an announcement very shortly regarding the new information and physical evidence that we've received from the site and from other locations, and through a couple of other complaints", Trump said.

The last fleet-wide grounding by the FAA occurred on January 17, 2013, when it ordered a halt to revenue flights by Boeing's then-new model, the mostly composite 787, after a lithium-ion batteries on the plane overheated.

In 2013, the FAA grounded Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, following a series of onboard fires.

Shares of Boeing were little changed on Wednesday, down less than 0.2 per cent.

This required airlines to instruct pilots on applying the checklist if they have difficulty controlling an aircraft that's being pushed into a nose-down position by the autopilot.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday afternoon that he has spoken with government and Boeing officials about the decision to issue and emergency order to ground the U.S. -made planes.

Investigators later found that the batteries had a design flaw and that it should not have been certified by the FAA.

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Shortly after this new broke, Boeing itself confirmed the grounding of its 737 Max fleet not only in the USA but around the world. Passengers have been spooked by the two disasters. The new variant of the 737, the fastest-selling jetliner in Boeing's history, is viewed as the likely workhorse for global airlines for decades. The European Union, India and Canada, among others, have temporarily prevented the Max 8 planes from taking to the air.

If so, it will be anomalies that went undetected through the rigorous and exhaustive flight and systems testing of the aircraft prior to being granted a certificate of airworthiness by the US Federal Aviation Administration, required before the type could have entered service with the airlines.

Congress plans to scrutinize why the United States waited so many days to ground all Boeing Co 737 MAX jets involved in Sunday's crash in Ethiopia as other countries and airlines acted more quickly. "The United States Federal Aviation Administration is not mandating any further action at this time, and based on the information now available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators", a Boeing spokesperson said in a March 12 statement.

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The FAA said the order to ground planes will remain in place during an investigation into the Ethiopian plane crash.

The two black box flight recorders will be sent to Europe to be analysed, the airline said.

Ethiopian Airlines spokesman Asrat Begashaw said it was still unclear what happened on Sunday, but its pilot had reported control issues - as opposed to external factors such as birds.

Jay Shabat, a senior analyst at Skift Airline Weekly, said in an interview he expects business to return to normal at all three airlines relatively soon. But the USA regulator says it is safe to fly.

Although investigation of the Ethiopian Airlines crash is only just beginning, available radar data seems to suggest similar flight profile characteristics with that of the Lion Air crash.

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