Boeing grounds entire 737 Max crash aircraft fleet

Wednesday - 20/03/2019 16:15
Boeing has grounded its entire global fleet of 737 Max aircraft after investigators uncovered new evidence at the scene of the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash.
Boeing grounds entire 737 Max crash aircraft fleet

The US plane-maker said it would suspend all 371 of the aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration said fresh evidence, as well as newly refined satellite data, prompted the decision to temporarily ban the jets. The FAA had previously held out while many countries banned the aircraft.
All 157 passengers and crew died in Sunday's crash. Ethiopian Airlines said on Thursday that the black box flight recorders from the aircraft have been flown to Paris for analysis. "An Ethiopian delegation led by Accident Investigation Bureau has flown the Flight Data Recorder and Cockpit Voice Recorder to Paris, France for investigation," the airline wrote on Twitter.
Boeing, the US plane manufacturer, said that it "continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max". However, it added that after consultation with the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board it had decided to ground the flights "out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft's safety".
Dennis Muilenburg, president, chief executive and chairman of Boeing, said: "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."
Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, said: "Lives must come first always. But a brand is at stake as well. And that brand is not just Boeing. It's America. What America means in international aviation and by extension in the larger world more generally—that we set the standard for safety, competence, and honesty in the 
governance of aviation."
Shares in Boeing ticked higher to $377 each following the announcement. However, the company's market value has dropped by nearly $26bn since the crash in Ethiopia at the weekend.

 

Source: https://www.bbc.com
Editor: Nguyen Kim Vu Bao

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