Israel, US Join Worldwide Grounding of Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft

Posted March 15, 2019

"The ground will remain in effect pending further investigation, including examination of aircraft's flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders".

The Ethiopia Airlines and Lion Air flights both used 737 Max-8 aircraft.

"We do have the MAX 8 that flies in occasionally, probably six or seven times a week", Will Rogers Airport spokesperson Karen Carney said, "but we also have about 400 flights a week, so it's not a big number".

Garneau emphasized that it is too soon to make definitive comparisons, but said Canada will ground the planes as a precaution to ensure passengers can fly with confidence.

In Kenya, which lost 32 citizens in the crash, a minute of silence was observed Thursday morning at the One Planet Summit on climate change attended by French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Southwest is the world's largest operator of the 737 MAX 8 with 34 jets.

"We found out that Canada had grounded all the planes that we were about to be on so we were asked to come and check with ticketing at WestJet and they would put us on another flight", Walker said. "We didn't really have any problem with it", Rochelle Androwski said.

In its statement, SpiceJet said that of the 76 planes in its fleet, 64 aircraft are in operations.

The crash has prompted governments worldwide including the ban the American aerospace giant's bestselling jet from their airspace.

An investigation by The Dallas Morning News found that one captain called the flight manual "inadequate and nearly criminally insufficient" months before Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people.

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Earlier on, the United Kingdom's (UK) and China announced they would not be allowing Boeing 737 Max 8 planes in their skies until the safety issues were satisfactorily addressed.

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United Airlines said nothing is more important than the safety of its customers and employees and that it will comply. The agency's order came after new information from the Ethiopian Airlines wreckage showed similarities with the October crash.

On Tuesday, Norwegian Air Shuttles grounded its 18 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft on recommendation from European aviation authorities after Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash in which 157 people were killed.

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