US orders immediate grounding of all Boeing 737 Max planes
Washington, Mar 14: United States President Donald Trump has issued an order to immediately ground all Boeing 737 Max planes, said reports. While many countries banned the aircraft from flying over their airspace after Ethiopia air crash on Sunday, the US' Federal Aviation Administration had refrained from it.
Earlier today, Canada grounded the world's third largest fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliners, or 41 planes operated by three Canadian carriers, and banned the aircraft from its airspace.
According to BBC, President Trump said the planes will not fly until Boeing "comes up with a solution".
On Tuesday, India grounded Boeing 737-MAX planes, days after a similar model of the aircraft crashed in Ethiopia killing all 157 on board.
Sunday's crash near Adis Ababa was the second fatal accident involving the 737 Max 8 model in less than five months - the previous crash involving a Lion Air aircraft in Indonesia in October last year when it crashed into the sea off Indonesia and killed all 189 on board.
"As a result of new data that we received this morning, and had the chance to analyze, and on the advice of my experts and as a precautionary measure, I issued a safety notice," Canada's Transport Minister March Garneau told a press conference on March 13.
"This safety notice restricts commercial passenger flights from any operator of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 or MAX 9 variant aircraft, whether domestic or foreign, from arriving, departing or overflying Canadian air space. This safety notice is effective immediately and will remain in place until further notice," Garneau further said.
France and the United Kingdom have also banned 737 MAX aircraft from operating in their airspace today. The French civil aviation authority said on Tuesday it had banned Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from France's airspace after a deadly crash of an Ethiopian plane of the same model.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said in a statement earlier on Tuesday (March 14) that it was "temporarily suspending operation of all variants of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft into and out of Singapore in light of two fatal accidents involving Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in less than five months."
The Boeing 737 Max fleet of aircraft are the latest in the company's successful 737 line. The group includes the Max 7, 8, 9 and 10 models. By the end of January, Boeing had delivered 350 of the Max 8 model out of 5,011 orders. A small number of Max 9s are also operating, a BBC report said. The 737 MAX 8 was launched in 2017. Boeing has delivered more than 370 MAX planes to 47 customers, including leasing firms that place the jets with airlines around the world.