Flights canceled at Orlando International Airport as feds ground 737 Max fleet

Flights canceled at Orlando International Airport as feds ground 737 Max fleet

The United States grounded Boeing Co's money-spinning 737 MAX aircraft on Wednesday over safety fears after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that killed 157 people, leaving the world's largest planemaker facing its worst crisis in years.

Trump said planes in the air could fly to their destinations. The company also said it had itself recommended the suspension of the Max fleet after consultations with the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board. "They are working very, very hard right now and hopefully, they'll come up with an answer, but until they do, all planes are grounded". "We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again".

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cited new satellite data and evidence from the scene of Sunday's crash near Addis Ababa for its decision to join Europe, China and other nations in suspending 737 MAX flights.

WestJet also posted an advisory, saying it is adhering to Transport Canada's decision and "has taken the necessary steps to safely remove all Boeing Max aircraft now in service".

The impact on travelers should be limited because there are only 67 Boeing 737 Max aircraft at three USA carriers: American Airlines Group Inc.

"The thing about airlines is that they plan for these things so much in advance that one wrong issue affects everybody". On Sunday, an Ethiopian Airlines Max crashed, killing 157 people. In October a year ago 189 people died when Lion Air's flight ET302 crashed off the coast of Indonesia. Nearly all major countries in the world banned the aircraft by the end on Wednesday leaving United States and Canada.

American Airlines said it would work to rebook customers as quickly as possible.

President Donald Trump grounded all Boeing 737 Max airplanes within the U.S. Wednesday afternoon, reversing the Federal Aviation Administration's initial support of the aircraft. But October's Lion Air crash in Indonesia sparked a debate on automation, particularly over a software system created to push the plane down to stop a stall during flight. The pilot attempted to stop the software and correct the plane, but ultimately, "the pilot lost that fight with the software".

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In a news conference in Ottawa Wednesday morning, delayed twice by what Garneau said was incoming new information, the minister called the decision to ground the plane a precautionary move that was made after a review of all the available evidence.

Earlier Tuesday, Canada banned the new Boeing 737-Max 8 aircraft, which has crashed twice in fewer than five months, killing almost 350 people.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Asrat Begashaw says the airline has not decided where to send the data and voice records of the flight's last moments.

Both instances occurred just after takeoff.

Flightradar24, an air traffic monitor, said the plane's "vertical speed was unstable after take-off".

As Reuters reported on Tuesday, Trump has deep ties with Boeing, having personally negotiated with Muilenburg about the cost of a future Air Force One. Boeing also fell into negative territory following the president's announcement while United Continental and American both pared their gains.

Nikki Haley, Trump's former USA ambassador to the United Nations, has also been nominated to join Boeing's board of directors at its annual shareholders meeting on April 29.

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