Trump grounds troubled 737 MAX aircraft, Boeing stock tumbles
Trump grounds troubled 737 MAX aircraft, Boeing stock tumbles
Pilots didn’t trust the Boeing Max 8 and now flyers are rejecting them
14 March, 2019, 05:22
USA regulators reversed course Wednesday and announced they will ground Boeing Co.'s top-selling 737 Max family of airliners amid safety concerns after a crash Sunday in Ethiopia - five months after a similar tragedy off Indonesia.
"Trump said any plane now in the air will go to its destination and then be grounded, adding that pilots and airlines have been notified".
Tim Ghriskey, chief investment strategist at Inverness Counsel in NY, said the grounding gives Boeing time to address any problems and not face another potential disaster. "They are working very, very hard right now and hopefully they'll quickly come up with an answer".
"The safety of the American people and all people is our paramount concern", Trump said Wednesday at the White House, announcing the measure. The cause of the crash is still being investigated.
Until Wednesday, Canada and the United States were among the key holdouts that were not grounding the Boeing aircraft.
Boeing, which maintained that its planes were safe to fly, said in a statement that it supported the FAA's move to temporarily ground 737 MAX flights. Aviation experts say other technical issues or human error can not be discounted.
It is unclear why the plane, bound for Kenyan capital Nairobi, nosedived or whether the incident is related to last October's Lion Air 737 Max 8 crash in Indonesia, which left 189 dead. Nearly all major countries in the world banned the aircraft by the end on Wednesday leaving United States and Canada.
"We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution", said Dennis Muilenburg, chief executive of Boeing.
Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd. said in statements on Wednesday they will comply with the minister's notice, but warned customers should expect delays rebooking on other planes.
He said that satellite data showed possible similarities between flight patterns of Boeing 737 Max planes operating in Canada and the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed.
Pilots of both planes had to correct their planes' trajectories repeatedly after the automatic control systems aimed the nose downward. "What we can say is we don't have the capability to probe it here in Ethiopia".
ASSOCIATED PRESSPresident Donald Trump has announced an immediate grounding of all Boeing 737 Max 8 and 737 Max 9 planes following two fatal crashes within five months.
Air Canada has 24 of the jets in its fleet, which the airline said carry between 9,000 and 12,000 customers per day. Both planes crashed shortly after takeoff.
He said even though their travel arrangements are now in disarray, they had already made up their mind not to fly on that plane.
Growing numbers of countries have banned the model from their airspace or grounded fleets since Sunday's crash.
John Samuelsen, worldwide president of the Transport Workers Union of America, which represent aviation workers and flight attendants, said the grounding of the fleet was right "both for air travelers and aviation workers".
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