The Boeing 737 Max plane has been grounded worldwide after two fatal crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. Mr. Trump made the decision to ground all 737 Max planes in the U.S. on March 19, which reversed the Federal Aviation Administration’s initial support for the plane.
The only exception now is that the FAA is allowing airlines to operate the jets without passengers on “ferry flights” to facilities where they can be stored until they’re cleared to fly again.
On Tuesday, a Southwest Airlines 737 Max B flying from Orlando to an aircraft storage facility in California made an emergency landing at the Orlando International Airport after the pilots reported an issue with one of the jets engines.
According to NBC:
‘No passengers were on the jet, only two pilots for the plane’s owner, Southwest Airlines.’
The plane had been in the air for about 11 minutes when the engine overheated just before 3:00 p.m. A spokesman said:
‘The pilots reported a performance issue with one of the engines shortly after takeoff.’
For now, the plane will be moved to the Orlando maintenance facility for review and will be taken to Victorville once it’s safe to do so.
According to NBC:
‘The cause of the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes of the 737 Max jets has not been determined, but investigators probing the Lion Air accident have focused on an automated system designed to use information from two sensors to help prevent a dangerous aerodynamic stall, The Associated Press reported.’
According to CBS News:
‘When Mr. Trump spoke with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg…, the executive assured the president he believes the planes are safe, CBS News’ Kris Van Cleave reported Tuesday. Boeing reiterated that belief in a statement Wednesday following the president’s announcement.’
Boeing issued a statement after the planes were grounded, saying:
‘Boeing continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX.
‘However, after consultation with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and aviation authorities and its customers around the world, Boeing has determined — out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft’s safety — to recommend to the FAA the temporary suspension of operations of the entire global fleet of 371 737 MAX aircraft.’
American Airlines seemed to be one of the first airlines to ground the Boeing 737 Max, issuing a statement immediately after they were grounded, confirming that the fleet would be grounded and all flights booked as soon as possible.
The FAA was criticized for not grounding the planes sooner, and the decision was only made to do so after Canada joined some 40 other countries in barring the Max 8 from its airspace.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) had called for the grounding of the planes and said he looks forward to holding a congressional hearing to further address concerns about these crashes.
This is obviously an important safety issue and these planes should definitely be grounded, but it seems like Republicans should be caring about way more these days- maybe semi-automatic weapons should be grounded as well. After all, they have killed way more innocent people than the 737 Max.
It didn’t take New Zealand long to do the right thing.
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