The United States president Donald Trump said the US is suspending flights by Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft following the model’s second crash in less than five months on Sunday.
The announcment was followed by a statement from the company that it has recommended to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) the temporary suspension of operations of the entire global fleet of 737 MAX aircraft. It said it still has full confidence in the safety of the aircraft but it made the decision after consultation with the FAA, aviation authorities and its customers around the world.
The decision to join other international aviation authorities came after Canadasaid it had received “new data” about Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash that convinced it to ground the plane, becoming the first major aviation authority to signal the two accidents could be similar.
The American ban was announced by President Donald Trump. “Any plane currently in the air will go to its destination and be grounded upon landing until further notice,” he said.
Mr Trump said he had issued the order after speaking to Boeing, as well as the US airlines that use its aircraft. “We all agreed it was the right decision to make,” he said. Shares of Boeing fell around 2.5 per cent in the immediate wake of the announcement.
“Boeing is an incredible company,” the president said. “They are working very, very hard right now.”
The US joins a global rush to ground the single-aisle jetliner after the second deadly crash in five months even as US regulators reiterated that there is “no basis’’ for restricting flights of the plane.