i24news: Airlines across the globe continued to ground Boeing 737 MAX planes or bar them from national airspace on Tuesday, days after a crash in Ethiopia that marked the second disaster involving the model in the span of only a few months.On Sunday, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 went down minutes into a flight to Nairobi, killing all 157 people on board. It came after a Lion Air jet of the same model crashed in Indonesia in October, killing 189.
US regulators have ordered Boeing to make urgent improvements to its popular 737 Max 8 aircraft after the grounding of the high-tech jet around the world.Airlines in Ethiopia, Argentina, Brazil, China, Indonesia, and South Korea have all suspended operations of their MAX 8 jets, while Australia and Singapore banned the jets from their airspace
Argentina’s flagship carrier Aerolineas Argentinas said late Monday it had ordered the suspension as it awaited the result of investigations into the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines plane.”For Aerolineas Argentinas, safety is the most important value,” the company said in a statement on the grounding of its five 737 Max 8 planes, out of a total fleet of 82.Brazil’s Gol airline and South Korean airline Eastar Jet also suspended operations of the jets.China has ordered domestic airlines to suspend commercial operations of the MAX 8 and Indonesia grounded its entire fleet of the jets for inspections.
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) said that had ordered a “temporary suspension” of the planes from its airspace while it awaits “more information to review the safety risks of continued operations of the Boeing 737 MAX to and from Australia.”Fiji Airlines is the only 737 MAX operator affected by the Australian ban, according to CASA.
Singapore-based SilkAir used the planes for flights to Australia, but those were already suspended after the city-state also barred the model from its airspace.US carriers, meanwhile, appear to be retaining confidence in the American manufacturer.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Monday it was ordering Boeing to improve anti-stalling software and the model’s maneuvering system, giving the company until the end of April to make the updates.But the body ruled out grounding the fleet for now. It said investigations had “just begun” and so far no data had been provided to “draw any conclusions or take any actions.””If we identify an issue that affects safety, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action,” it said in a statement.Boeing has described the MAX series as its fastest-selling family of planes, with more than 5,000 orders placed to date from about 100 customers.
But not since the 1970s — when the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 had successive fatal incidents — has a new model been involved in two deadly accidents in such a short period.
The weekend crash sent Boeing shares nosediving as much as 12 percent on Monday.The plane involved in Sunday’s crash was less than four months old, with Ethiopian Airlines saying it was delivered on November 15.
Ethiopian Airlines said the pilot was given clearance to turn around after indicating problems shortly before the plane disappeared from radar.Investigators have recovered the black box flight recorders from the Ethiopian Airlines plane, which went down near Addis Ababa, and was carrying passengers and crew from 35 countries, including two Israelis and some two dozen UN staff.
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