Trump: All Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes are grounded ‘instantly’

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The United States is grounding Boeing 737 Max airplanes following a crash in Ethiopia.


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President Donald Trump on Wednesday stated that all of Boeing’s 737 Max airplanes will be grounded “effective immediately,” following 2 lethal crashes in current months. 

The president made the statement throughout a White House conference on drugs at the southern border, according to CBS News. He published a brief video of the announcement on Twitter. 

“We’re 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,” Trump stated. 

He included that he consulted with Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Federal Aviation Administration Acting Administrator Dan Elwell and Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, who all concurred with the choice. Any airplanes presently in the air will be grounded after they reach their locations, Trump stated. 

“The safety of the American people and all people is our paramount concern,” he stated. 

The FAA later on posted a statement to Twitter, stating it was requiring the short-lived grounding of Boeing 737 Max airplanes run by United States airline companies or in United States area. 

“The agency made this decision as a result of the data gathering process and new evidence collected at the site and analyzed today,” the FAA stated. “This evidence, together with newly refined satellite data available to FAA this morning, led to this decision.”

The FAA formerly decreased to follow a number of other nations who were grounding the airplanes, stating in a declaration tweeted March 12 that there’s “no basis to order grounding the aircraft.”

The administration stated the grounding will stay in result up until additional examination, that includes evaluating details from the airplane’s flight information recorders and cockpit voice recorders. 

Originally released March 13, 11: 55 a.m. PT.
Update, 12: 31 p.m. and 1: 18 p.m. PT: Adds extra details. 



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