The plane concerned in a lethal crash after reporting technical points in Indonesia Monday — the Boeing 737 MAX eight — is the most recent model of one of many firm’s largest and hottest jets.
And it’s one which Canadian airways WestJet, Air Canada and Sunwing all use.
In a press release to International Information, WestJet spokesperson Lauren Stewart confirmed that the airline has 9 Boeing 737 MAX eight planes in its fleet.
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Air Canada additionally confirmed to International Information that it makes use of 18 of the jets.
Sunwing Airways additionally added 4 of the plane to its fleet earlier this 12 months, in accordance with its web site. Sunwing didn’t reply to International Information questions concerning further inspection or upkeep of the jets by the point of publication.
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Each Air Canada and WestJet airways stated they’re carefully monitoring the investigation into Monday’s Lion Air crash, which left 189 useless.
WestJet stated it at the moment has no plans to hold out its personal analysis of the plane.
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“There isn’t any info obtainable as to reason for the incident in Indonesia, and no indication from the producer or regulator that any motion is required or warranted,” Stewart stated.
“These plane of WestJet’s are model new and we now have no plans right now for any motion.”
In an analogous assertion, Air Canada stated it has not “obtained any directives from the producers right now.”
Porter Airways doesn’t have any Boeing 737 MAX eight plane in its fleet, a spokesperson stated.
Particulars on the crash
Lion Air’s airplane was virtually model new. It was flown for the primary time on Aug. 15.
Whereas no direct trigger has been decided for the crash, the airline stated the airplane had been licensed as airworthy earlier than Monday’s flight by an engineer who’s a specialist in Boeing fashions.
However the Boeing 737 MAX eight actually fell out of the sky and into the ocean simply after takeoff from Jakarta’s airport.
Knowledge from FlightRadar24 exhibits the primary signal of one thing amiss was round two minutes into the flight when the airplane had reached 610 metres.
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The airplane dropped greater than 152 metres, veered to the left after which began climbing once more to 1,524 metres. It gained velocity within the ultimate moments earlier than knowledge was misplaced when it was at an altitude of 1,113 metres.
Yusuf Latief, a spokesman for Indonesia’s nationwide search and rescue company, stated there have been probably no survivors.
How common is the Boeing 737 MAX eight?
The Boeing 737 MAX eight is the newest mannequin of Boeing’s well-known 737, the U.S. firm’s best-selling airplane, and is a well-liked selection amongst price range airways all over the world.
A number of worldwide airways have MAX 8s of their fleet, together with American, Southwest, Jet Airways, AeroMexico, LOT Polish Airways and FlyDubai.
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The web site FlightAware listed 75 Boeing 737 MAX eight plane within the air on Monday at midday ET, working in markets all over the world. Flight Conscious offers real-time on-line flight monitoring for business plane.
Boeing says its 737 MAX sequence is the “fastest-selling airplane” in its historical past, with practically Four,700 orders from greater than 100 clients worldwide, in accordance with its web site.
The 737 MAX eight is a part of a sequence of plane that additionally consists of the 7, 9 and 10. All 4 variations have the identical wingspan of 35.9 metres, and the identical LEAP-1B engines from CFM Worldwide, in accordance with specs on Boeing’s web site. They differ in size and seat dimension, with the MAX 10 being the longest.
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Boeing’s 737 MAX plane are produced at a facility in Renton, Wash.
In a press release on its web site, Boeing provided condolences to these affected by Monday’s crash.
“We lengthen our heartfelt sympathies to the households and family members of these on board,” the assertion learn. “Boeing is offering technical help on the request and underneath the path of presidency authorities investigating the accident.”
What ought to airways do?
Ross Aimer, a pilot and CEO of Aero Consulting Specialists, defined to International Information that this specific Boeing mannequin is new — and due to this fact has loads of new expertise.
Aimer, who’s a former United Airways pilot, stated most airways would supply “variations coaching” to pilots utilizing new plane. Nevertheless it’s unclear whether or not Lion Air did so.
“I’m undecided that Lion Air did an in depth coaching of their pilots,” Aimer stated. “They don’t have a really stellar security document, they had been barred from EU airspace for a number of years.”
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However the aviation knowledgeable famous that it’s powerful accountable both an plane or coaching — or recommend different airways take motion — till a trigger for the crash is decided.
“They need to be capable to extract the voice and knowledge recorders shortly, which is able to give us all of the indications of what precisely occurred,” Aimer stated, noting after that correct programs of motion could be decided.
Shares of Boeing took a dive after information of the Lion Air crash, a uncommon dent in what has been a 12 months of hovering development for the plane maker to this point. The corporate’s inventory worth closed at US $359.27 on Friday, up a whopping 21 per cent because the begin of the 12 months, after delivering a gangbusters report with earnings far above Wall Road expectations.
By noon on Monday, nonetheless, the inventory worth was down greater than Four per cent. Lion Air is ready for 240 Boeing 737 MAXs from Boeing, equal to round 4 per cent of the corporate’s backlog of narrow-bodied plane, in accordance with Robert Stallard, an analyst at Vertical Analysis Companions.
— With recordsdata from Reuters and International Information enterprise reporter Erica Alini
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