Similarities between Ethiopia and Indonesia crashes lead FAA to ground planes

Roman Schwartz
March 14, 2019

The decision to ground the entire fleet comes just after the U.S. announced it is to issue an "emergency order" grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft following the crash in Ethiopia, president Donald Trump has said.

More than 60 nations and airlines around the world have grounded the Boeing 737 Max, the aircraft model that was involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people.

The FAA made its decision as a result of unspecified "new evidence collected at the site and analyzed today", the agency said in a tweet.

In a statement Boeing said: 'Boeing continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max.

Relatives react at the scene where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday killing all 157 on board, near Bishoftu, south of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

The time line is to cater to situations where aircraft can be positioned at maintenance facilities and worldwide flights can reach their destinations, the DGCA said.

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.

Meantime, there is no evidence at all that the travelling public should have any concerns about the safety of other Boeing 737 aircraft types, the types that most of our Australian airlines now operate.

"Better safe than sorry", he said.

Earlier, Canada joined the list of countries barring the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet from its airspace.

The safety notice means no Max 8 aircraft can fly into, out of, or over Canada. It does not intend to issue new recommendations about the aircraft to customers. Even Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao flew aboard a 737 MAX on Tuesday.

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Flightradar24, an air traffic monitor, said the plane's "vertical speed was unstable after take-off". I see it all the time in many products.

Sternberg, who flies Southwest almost every week, wasn't upset with the airline for keeping the plane in service, but added that she might fly United next week.

"I'm alive, thank God", he said. "You can't let something like this dictate your life". The website also showed a MAX 8 with Canadian airline WestJet taking off for Toronto before 3:30 p.m.

Problems with the new jets could have longer term ramifications for Southwest and Boeing.

USA carriers, including American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, that fly Max 8 planes began canceling some flights and were working to rebook the affected passengers.

American Airlines said it would work to rebook customers as quickly as possible.

The grounding of the 737 MAX has so far had a limited impact on global operations. "We appreciate our customers' patience".

As of Wednesday, WestJet said about 1,000 passengers had been affected, adding that about half of them were moved onto same-day flights.

Trump says pilots and airlines have been notified.

Southwest, which filed suit against its mechanics union earlier this month in federal court, has said in recent weeks it has had to double or triple the number of aircraft out of service because of what it calls a labor action. The Air Line Pilots Association also backed the US and Canadian regulatory agencies' decisions to ground the aircraft.

It's unusual for authorities to take the step of grounding planes, and it's up to each country to set standards on which planes can fly and how those planes are maintained, Todd Curtis, an aviation safety analyst who directs the Airsafe.com Foundation, told The Associated Press.

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