Ethiopian Airlines plane Crash: Boeing grounds all 737 Max jets
Muyela Roberto|March. 14, 2019
- The manufacturer, however, still maintains that the aircraft is safe
- Ethiopia was the first country to ground the 737 Max fleet followed by China
- Several other airlines in Europe and US have also grounded the jet and thus piling pressure on Boeing to act
- It is the second time the Boeing 737 max is involved in tragic crash shortly after take off
- The fleet number is still new in market and it is the fastest selling brand running on very sophisticated technology
- Questions have emerged on how such a new plane with advanced technological advancements can crash and kill everyone
Airplane manufacturer Boeing has grounded operations of all its 737 Max aircrafts.
The manufacturer directed that all airlines flying the 737 Max fleet to temporarily suspend the plane's operations until it directed otherwise.
This comes four days after the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that claimed lives of all 157 people who were on board .
"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.
The decision by Boeing comes shortly after several other airlines stopped flying the fleet number in question.
Most of them said it was a precautionary measure since it was the second time the 737 Max was involved in a tragic accident claiming all lives.
The first accident involved a Lions Air plane that crashed in October 2018 shortly after it took off from Jakarta in Indonesia.
The plane crashed in the Java Sea while the ill fated Ethiopian plane was only airborne for six minutes before it came down at Bishoftu
“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 airplanes; 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," Muilenburg wrote in a statement.