President Trump, lawmakers push Boeing to look into technology in its jets

March 13 04:10 2019

China on Monday grounded all Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets, after an Ethiopian Airlines plane of the same model crashed shortly after take-off killing everyone onboard.

Two days after the crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 commercial jet in Ethiopia that took the lives of all 157 passengers and crew members, the U.S. government and American carriers that use the plane have refused to ground the recently introduced plane.

Crash investigators in Ethiopia and Indonesia are studying two fatal crashes in five months involving a new version of Boeing’s 737 called the Max 8. For example, if pilots were handling an unrelated emergency and were planning to return to the airport, they could have deviated from their altitude simply as a result of being distracted by the emergency, he said.

Boeing has delayed plans to unveil its huge new 777X jetliner this week following the deadly crash of one of the company’s aircraft in Ethiopia.

China is an important market for the United States aircraft company, accounting for about one-fifth of worldwide deliveries of Boeing 737 MAX models. The improving USA accident figures don’t include passengers dying of medical emergencies.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said her department, which includes the FAA, was “very concerned” and monitoring developments around Sunday’s crash.

Turkish Airlines, Oman Air, Norwegian Air Shuttle and South Korean airline Eastar Jet were among the latest carriers to halt use of the Boeing model.

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau previously told reporters in Montreal that Canada hadn’t grounded the Max-8 as other countries have because it isn’t clear why the crash happened in the first place.

Southwest is fielding some questions from customers asking if their flight will be operated by the Boeing 737 MAX 8“.

List price for the 737 Max 8, a narrowbody, or single-aisle, aircraft, is more than $120 million, according to Boeing’s website, though airlines often negotiate substantial discounts.

“It is also important to note that the Federal Aviation Administration is not mandating any further action at this time, and based on the information now available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators”.

This makes Sunwing the first Canadian airline to park the jet.

Ethiopian authorities are leading the investigation into the crash, assisted by the US, Kenya and others.

“We wouldn’t take any action at the moment”, O’Leary told the Irish Independent newspaper in an interview. A vice president for American, the world’s biggest carrier, which has 24 Max 8s, said they had “full confidence in the aircraft”.

On another flight, the co-pilot said that seconds after engaging the autopilot, the nose pitched downward and the plane began descending at 1,200 to 1,500 feet per minute.

The airline has also issued a two-page memo to its pilots to remind them of the need to be “preemptive and be conservative to ensure continued safe operations”, The Straits Times found out.

The move caused Boeing shares to tumble around 12 percent earlier in the day, before recovering about half its losses in mid-afternoon NY trading.

The crash came on the eve of a major environment assembly of the UN – United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi.

Ethiopian Airlines'black boxes found

President Trump, lawmakers push Boeing to look into technology in its jets
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