FAA Orders Temporary Grounding of Boeing 737 Max Airplanes

Boeing 737 Max
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered the temporary grounding of all Boeing 737 Max airplanes in the United States.

The agency made the decision after receiving new evidence collected at the site of the tragic crash of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.

President Donald Trump first announced the grounding of Boeing 737 Max airplanes during a White House briefing on Wednesday.

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Trump told reporters, “The FAA is prepared to make an announcement very shortly regarding the new information and physical evidence that we received from the site…We had a very, very detailed group of people working on the 737-8 and 737-9 new airplanes. We’re gonna be issuing an emergency order of prohibition to ground all flights of the 737 Max 8 and the 737 Max 9 and the planes associated with that line.”

Additionally, the President said the federal government already notified all airlines regarding the order to ground all Boeing 737 Max planes. The airlines agreed that “the safety of the American people and all people is our paramount concern.” He went on to say that the aircraft will not fly “until further notice.”

New evidence shows “some similarities” between Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air accidents

In its grounding order, the FAA stated that new information from the wreckage of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 indicates “some similarities” with the Lion Air Flight 610 crash went paired with new satellite images.