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Boeing Jets Grounded
News Bytes 03/13/2019 28 Comments

UPDATE: On Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would also ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 airliners, "effective immediately." The President cited "new information" for the change in position by the United States and the FAA. The President also included the Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft in the grounding order. He said that any planes in flight at the time would be allowed to arrive and land at their destinations, but from that point forward they would remain on the ground until further notice.


At airports around much of the world, the popular Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner has been grounded. The decision follows a tragic crash that occurred about six minutes after takeoff in Ethiopia on Sunday. The crash, in which the lives of 157 passengers were lost, was the second deadly accident involving that model jet in just five months. Two other U.S. pilots have reported issues with the Max 8 as well. They say an automated system caused their planes to tilt downward suddenly while in flight.

Aviation experts warned against drawing conclusions based on this crash and the one that occurred in Indonesia in October. They say more information should be gathered before determining that the Boeing jet is unsafe. Nonetheless, the entire European Union as well as many Asian and Middle Eastern governments have either grounded the plane or banned it from their airspace. The United States is one of the few remaining operators of the Boeing 737 Max 8.

The onboard flight data recorders were collected from Sunday’s crash site in Ethiopia. Those are being sent abroad for evaluation. One of those recorders was reportedly damaged, but the extent of the damage was not yet known. Some aviation experts say it could take months to perform a full investigation.

Mechanical performance, pilot performance, and weather conditions all play their parts in the safe operation of an aircraft.

The U.S.-based Boeing’s CEO Dennis Muilenburg spoke with President Donald Trump. He reiterated that the 737 Max 8 is mechanically safe, the company said. Boeing says it has no reason to pull the popular aircraft from the skies. It does not intend to issue new recommendations about the aircraft to customers. At present, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) agrees.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam says pilots had received special training on the Max 8 after the Indonesian crash. He believes his pilots were equipped to operate the jet without concern for error. He says he is confident the investigation will show that “the crash is not related to Ethiopian Airlines’ safety record.” The airline is regarded as Africa’s best-managed. It chose to ground its remaining 737 Max 8s until more information is known.

Alistair McPhail, British ambassador to Ethiopia, visited the crash scene where at least nine of his countrymen died. He agrees both with grounding the planes and performing a detailed investigation. “We owe it to the families to understand what happened,” he says.

(A Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane sits parked at Boeing’s assembly plant in Renton, Washington. Many nations have grounded the model following a fatal crash on Sunday, the second in just five months in which this popular jet model was involved. AP Photo)

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1st comment!

oh! that's so sad that 157 passengers were lost ; ( we should pray for them. I will.


there families.

That's awful!! I will

That's awful!! I will DEFINENTLY be praying for them!!

Elsie (Emelias sister) Oh No!

That is terrible! Their poor families! I will be praying!

thats awful!

thats awful! i will be praying


What a tragedy. One of my dad's co-workers was on the plane that crashed in Ethiopia. I am praying for his family every day. l hope the U.S grounds the Max 8, at least until they find out what the problem is with the Max 8. :(


oh.. i'm so sorry. i will pray for his family as well as yours. : <

@ Nadia A

Thanks. I didn't know him personally but my dad knew him pretty well. Sadly l don't think he was saved.

That is so sad! The plane is

That is so sad! The plane is really cool looking, but I think it was the right decision to ground it.


oh..... that's even more sad:( I will pray for his family:《

How horrible!

I lost my grandma on Valentines day. ( Not to a plane crash). So I can sympathize. I will be praying.

I'm so sorry for you, Shastya

I'm so sorry for you, Shastya; that must have been hard! I had one grandpa die about 6 years ago or so, and one grandma a couple months after I was born about 14 years ago. My grandma was very healthy, but she got run over, and my grandpa died of old age a couple months shy of his 93rd birthday.

P.S. You have a pretty name!!

@ Shastya

oh thats so sad =( I lost a uncle a wile back from canser=( I wil be prayinf for you =)

I heard about it before they

I heard about it before they saw it OMGOSH Tabitha

@ Tabitha

That is so sad! I'll be praying.


I would just get rid of that plane, if there are so many problems you may as well get rid of it.
I will pray to my gods.

To above.

Your gods!!?? Are you indian?

I can’t imagine

I can’t imagine how horrible the company must feel! I also can’t imagine how the people on the plane felt when they were crashing. I hope that some of them cried out to God for salvation. This should remind us how important it is to accept forgiveness for our sins now and not later. Our lives are never guaranteed. Praying for all the families that have lost loved ones due to this horrible accident

@Nadia A.

Your most recent comment wasn't very polite.
Just because somebody believes in multiple Gods doesn't mean that they are "Indian," there are hundreds of different religions that have more than one God, and using the world "Indian" instead of "Hindu", (I assume you meant Hindu, since that is the most popular religion in India) Is also Inappropriate. India is home to many different religions, and using the term "Indian" To describe just one of them is an untrue blanket statement. I think you should be more respectful to people who don't share your religion.

@ zack w

i know = ( afer i wrote it i was going to opiligise but I ran out of time, sorry pleas forgive me. this is wat i meant to say...

@ Rui p

do your gods ever answere you?

Rui P.

What religion are you?

@ Ashly B

I would say the same thing (wink, wink) ; )

Nadia A

I mean't to say God and I am a Christian. That was very rude and you should learn to respect those who are diffirent.
Thank You.


Come on everyone Nadia A meant no harm and don't hold it against her.

To Above

It is still rude to say "are you indian!!!!!!!!!!". No harm was meant, but being rude was seen.

@ Rui p

I am soooooo sorry.I just spoke without thinking enything. what I meant by indian was Hindu I just thought that beacase you rote god's with a lower case g and an 's at the end I did not mean to be rude to you or enyone. pleas forgive me. I am soo sorry. = ( I agree wat I rote was defanly very rude.)

@ Rui p ps

If I meant somone face to face i would have sead somthing like: oh. pleas exept my opoligy.

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