FAA orders temporary grounding of Boeing 737 MAX operated by U.S. airlines or on U.S. territory

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United Boeing 737 MAX 9 Taking Off (PRNewsfoto/United Airlines)

U.S. aviation regulators have just grounded all Boeing 737 MAX aeroplanes, in a reversal from what they had said recently.

The U.S. grounding effectively stops all worldwide Boeing 737 MAX operations and affects both the MAX 8 and the larger MAX 9 models.

But any aircraft currently in the air will be allowed to reach its destination.

Statement from the FAA 

The FAA is ordering the temporary grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft (PDF) operated by U.S. airlines or in U.S. territory. The agency made this decision as a result of the data gathering process and new evidence collected at the site and analyzed today. This evidence, together with newly refined satellite data available to FAA this morning, led to this decision.

The grounding will remain in effect pending further investigation, including examination of information from the aircraft’s flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders. An FAA team is in Ethiopia assisting the NTSB as parties to the investigation of the Flight 302 accident. The agency will continue to investigate.

Boeing statement after the announcement by the President

Boeing continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX. However, after consultation with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 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.

On behalf of the entire Boeing team, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives in these two tragic accidents,” said Dennis Muilenburg, President, CEO, Chairman of The Boeing Company.

We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution. Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building aeroplanes; and it always will be. There is no greater priority for our company and our industry. We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again.”

Boeing makes this recommendation and supports the decision by the FAA.

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