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World

Web Desk
March 14, 2019

US announces immediate grounding of Boeing 737 MAX planes

World

Web Desk
Thu, Mar 14, 2019

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced the immediate grounding of all Boeing 737 MAXs in response to an Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board.

A number of countries, including EU, China, India, Indonesia, Singapore and South Korea,  have already grounded Boeing´s 737 MAX 8 medium-haul workhorse jet following the second deadly crash of the airliner in less than five months.

"The planes are grounded effective immediately," Trump told reporters at the White House, adding that those that are currently in mid-flight will be suspended from service as soon as they land.

The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) issued an emergency order shortly after. 

Boeing is under heavy scrutiny after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 that killed all 157 aboard. The same type of plane belonging to Indonesian Lion Air crashed in October, killing 189.

"Hopefully they will come up with an answer but until they do the planes are grounded," Trump said of Boeing.

There are some 350 of the 737 MAX 8 planes currently in service around the world and while some countries and airlines have opted to ground the planes.