US says Boeing 737 MAX safe to fly after Ethiopian Airlines crash killed 157 on-board
Erick Kombo Ndubi|March. 12, 2019
- Following the Sunday Ethiopian plane crash, some countries stopped flying Boeing 737 MAX
- They cited safety concern which led to drastic drop in Boeing Co shares
- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assured airlines its safe to ply the planes
- The aviation authority said they are working with investigators on the cause of Ethiopian plane crash
The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assured airlines it is safe to fly Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes despite ongoing investigations on similar Ethiopian aircraft that killed 157 people.
Already, China, Indonesia and Singapore had suspended use of the 737 MAX 8 fleets citing safety concerns which led to drastic drop in Boeing Co shares.
On Monday, March 11, FAA issued “continued airworthiness notification” and said it was collecting data on the crash and could take immediate action if it identified any safety issues, as reported by Citizen.
The notification came barely hours after investigators retrieved the black box recorders that will be used to put together information on the final moments of the Ethiopian Airlines jet before it crashed.
The plane was the second of the Boeing MAX fleet that crashed after a jet of the same model came down in Indonesia in October 2018 and killed 189 people.
A total of 157 people, 149 passengers and eight crew members who were on board the Ethiopian flight which had just taken off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, en-route to Nairobi, Kenya, perished.
Reports released by the airline revealed 32 Kenyans died in the Sunday morning tragedy.
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