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Donald Trump to issue 'emergency order' grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 planes in US
JC News|March. 13, 2019
The US is to issue an "emergency order" grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft following the plane crash in Ethiopia, Donald Trump has said.
"We are going to be issuing an emergency order of prohibition to ground all flights of the 737 MAX 8 and the 737 MAX 9 and planes associated with that line," Mr Trump told reporters at the White House.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) held urgent meetings on Wednesday on the issue after Canada announced it become the last major country to ground the flight after two fatal crashes since October.
The FAA notified airlines minutes before the announcement was made.
Mr Trump said airlines and pilots have been notified of the order.
The American president added that Boeing "is an incredible company" and is working hard to come up with a solution after crashes involving two Max 8 planes.
One-hundred-and-fifty-seven people were killed when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa on Sunday. At least nine British national were among the victims.
Last October a Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.
US aviations chiefs had faced intense pressure to ground the jets.
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US air chiefs urged to join global ban on Boeing 737 Max disaster jet
America and Canada were left as the only nations where substantial fleets of the model were still allowed to fly after Hong Kong, Egypt, Vietnam, New Zealand, Lebanon and Thailand joined the worldwide ban, bringing the total to more than 50.
Hong Kong’s civil aviation department said it would suspend the operation of all Boeing 737 Max aircraft “into, out of and over” its territory from 10am on Wednesday.
Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority and the EU’s Aviation Safety Agency, which covers 32 countries, both said on Tuesday they would stop the planes using their airspace.
Other countries that have temporarily banned them include China, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia. Norwegian Air Shuttles said it will be seeking compensation from Boeing after the Oslo-based low-cost carrier grounded its fleet of 737 Max 8s.
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