U.S. to ground Boeing 737 MAX planes after deadly crashes

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U.S. to ground Boeing 737 MAX planes after deadly crashes

Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashed Sunday outside of Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, killing all 157 people on board.

The U.S. was one of the last countries to ban the aircraft.

In one report, an airline captain said that immediately after putting the plane on autopilot, the co-pilot called out 'Descending, ' followed by an audio cockpit warning, 'Don't sink, don't sink!' Unless the actions the FAA takes are consistently based on facts and data, then they aren't actually enhancing safety.

Powell was the chief pilot for United Airlines before moving to West Michigan. "Airlines have been all notified". Airlines are agreeing with us. But on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said the FAA was reversing course, saying "the safety of the American people, of all people, is our paramount concern".

The 737 MAX 8 makes up less than 10 per cent of the low-priced airline's fleet. It said the investigation was biased against the pilots, who were blamed for the crash.

Daniel Elwell, acting head of the FAA, said enhanced satellite images and new evidence gathered at the crash site led his agency to ground the jets.

"We saw where he died and touched the earth", said Sultan Al-Mutairi, who had come from Riyadh to mourn his brother, Saad, who ran a recruitment agency in Nairobi and perished in the crash.

Like Southwest, the Max 8 accounts for a small percentage of American's fleet - 24 planes making 85 flights a day. The notice also cover the Max 9, another model in the Boeing series.

Analysts say the initial impact of the grounded jets will be contained, but may escalate if the fleet is not permitted to fly for a longer period.

"We have 162 aircraft or more than 92 per cent of our overall fleet that remain in service".

He said that as aviation authorities and governments worldwide assess the situation involving these aircraft, it is critical that St. Maarten does not appear to be lagging behind in addressing the matter. Investigators in Europe will examine the Ethiopia Airline's flight recorder and voice data black boxes in the coming days, in an effort to determine if the two disasters are linked by a common flaw.

"In addition to the basic trainings given for 737 aircraft types, an additional training was given for the Max version", Tewolde told to state news reporters.

Regulators across the European Union, Singapore, China Australia and Hong Kong have banned the aircraft. And airline pilots on at least two US flights have reported that an automated system seemed to cause their planes to tilt down suddenly.

Tewolde said that the boxes would be sent overseas "because we don't have the equipment here" to analyze their data.

Officials with the city of San Antonio Aviation Department said the impact of the grounding hasn't been felt yet at San Antonio International Airport because not numerous affected jets fly in and out of the airport.

"Two major fatal accidents on the same airplane model, brand new airplane model, in six months - so there are a lot of questions to be answered on the airplane", he said.

A software fix for the 737 MAX that Boeing has been working on since the Lion Air crash in October in Indonesia will take months to complete, the FAA said on Wednesday.

"Boeing is more than just a company for the USA and Ethiopia can not reasonably expect a judicious outcome from a U.S. investigation", Awo added.

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