Canada's aviation authorities grounded Boeing's 737 MAX jets today, leaving the U.S. as the last major air travel market where they can fly. Two of the brand-new airliners have crashed, killing hundreds of travelers.
(UPDATE: Trump grounded it in the U.S., with a tweet.)
The UK, the European Union, China, Australia and India are among the countries that have suspended the Boeing 737 Max from their airspace.
However, the US Federal Aviation Administration said a review had showed "no systemic performance issues" and that there was no basis for grounding the aircraft.
On Wednesday, the chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam, told the BBC that all 737 Max aircraft worldwide should be grounded until the causes of the crash were known.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that pilots in the US had complained about problems controlling the Boeing 737 Max 8 during take-off, echoing difficulties that contributed to the fatal Lion Air crash in Indonesia last October.
Boeing's seeming regulatory capture of the FAA is bad news: it undermines public trust in aviation (which is extremely safe) for the sake of one company's short-term economic interests. Even if no more of its deathliners fall out the sky, that erosion of trust will lead to conspiracy theories and explosive ignorance when it sits and rots in the dark places of the internet.
Previously: Airline pilots have been complaining for months about Boeing's deathliner
Boeing’s 737 Max won’t fly in European skies until the Aviation Safety Agency completes an independent review of its flightworthiness, reports Bloomberg, underscoring a loss of confidence in its U.S. counterpart, the Federal Aviation Authority. “The FAA’s status as an undisputed global leader is seen as ‘at risk,”’ Carter Copeland, an analyst at Melius Research […]
The Boeing 737 Max is out of service around the world, following a fatal crash of an Ethiopian Airlines and an Indonesian Lion Air flight and there is intense investigation and speculation as to the cause of the crash.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. Department of Transportation has launched an investigation into the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of Boeing’s 737 MAX jets. Two of the new airliners crashed in similar circumstances, killing hundreds of passengers, and American regulators were conspiciously slow to ground the jet even after flights were halted in […]
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