March 19, 2019

Boeing 737 MAX planes' deliveries HALTED after Trump GROUNDED jets

15 March 2019, 05:24 | Devin Moran

Boeing Grounds Entire Fleet Of 737 Max Planes After New Crash Evidence Emerges

Boeing Has Grounded All Boeing 737 Max Planes Worldwide Over Safety Fears

The FAA was prompted to ground all Boeing 737 Max aircraft after data found the flight paths of two planes which both crashed months apart were similar.

Officials at Syracuse Hancock International Airport say they don't expect the grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft to have much, if any, impact on Syracuse travelers.

Before Sunday's disaster, more than 370 jets of the model were in operation.

A Lion Air flight on a 737 Max 8 crashed in October in Indonesia, taking the lives of its 189 passengers and its crew. Some industry officials think the plane maker and US regulators may be forced to answer questions about the plane's design.

Boeing has announced it is pausing deliveries of its 737 MAX aircraft to customers following the grounding of the jetliner around the world, as the world's largest plane manufacturer responds to its worst crises in years.

Similarities between them have led to attention focusing on technology created to stop the jets from stalling.

Addis Ababa said on Wednesday it was sending the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) to France because the East African country does not have the required facilities to carry out the detailed analysis required to determine the cause of the deadly disaster.

If the recorders indicate a manufacturing problem or a software glitch in the anti-stall system, the planes could stay on the tarmac for a long time.

Boeing was criticised after the Lion Air crash for allegedly failing to adequately inform 737 pilots about the functioning of the stall prevention system.

Here's what we know about the Ethiopian Airlines crash so far.

Under worldwide rules, Ethiopians are leading the investigation but France's BEA will conduct black box analysis as an adviser. The US president said safety was of paramount concern.

Ethiopian investigators likely avoided sending the data to the US because the FAA certified the airworthiness of the Max and has a relationship with manufacturer Boeing, said Goelz, who is now an aviation consultant. "The investigation team will decide where", the spokesman told Reuters.

A Sunwing spokesperson says the aircraft are not commercial flights and that they are positioning them in Windsor for the time being.

The Ethiopian Airlines plane was less than four months old when it went down six minutes into its flight to Nairobi. Blue plastic sheeting covered the wreckage of the plane. NTSB investigators have also been sent to Ethiopia to help with the investigation. The crash killed 157, including three Russians.

The French announcement resolved uncertainty over the fate of the two recorders after Germany's BFU said it had declined a request to handle them because it could not process the new type of recorder used on the 737 MAX jets, in service since 2017.

The Max is the latest upgrade to the Boeing 737, which has been flying since the late 1960s.

Though it maintains the planes are safe, Boeing has supported the FAA move.

In the U.S., Southwest is likely to be most affected.

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