Trump Bans Boeing 737 Max Flights in the US After Ethiopian Airlines Crash

Trump Bans Boeing 737 Max Flights in the US After Ethiopian Airlines Crash

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The Ethiopian Airlines flight crash over the weekend, killing all 157 people on board, was the second crash in 6 months of the same model, Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircrafts. Back in October, a Lion Air flight, of the same model, crashed into the Java Sea, killing 189 people. Both of the crashes are under investigation, no evidence linking the two, but there are similarities between the incidents.

In response, airlines in several counties have grounded their aircrafts. Earlier this week, the FAA (US Federal Aviation Administration) declined to ground the jets, allowing American Airlines and Southwest Airlines to still fly theirs.

But now President Donald Trump has banned the flight of all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircrafts in the United States. The order came hours after Canada’s transport minister said that newly available satellite-tracking data suggested similarities between the crash in Ethiopia and another accident last October.

Written by Clarke Jones

Source: New York Times

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