WASHINGTON: The Federal Aviation Administration has grounded Boeing’s 737 MAX aeroplanes, banning airlines from operating the jets in US airspace, effective immediately.
The US was among the last holdovers in grounding the controversial jet.
“The safety of the American people and all people is our paramount concern,” Trump said Wednesday at the White House, announcing the measure.
The grounding comes three days after an Ethiopia Airlines 737 MAX 8 crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 passengers and crew aboard, and after many countries had grounded the planes.
In a statement, the FAA says it “made this decision as a result of the data gathering process and new evidence collected at the site and analyzed today.
This evidence, together with newly refined satellite data available to FAA this morning, led to this decision.”
When an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa on Sunday morning, killing all 157 people aboard, observers quickly noted that the circumstances resembled those of another flight.
In October, Lion Air Flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 181 passengers and eight crew. Both flights plummeted a few minutes after takeoff, in good weather.