Published: Fri, March 15, 2019

Boeing 737 MAX planes' deliveries HALTED after Trump GROUNDED jets

Boeing 737 MAX planes' deliveries HALTED after Trump GROUNDED jets

Boeing's shares have fallen 12 percent in the days after the crash in Ethiopia, wiping out almost $30 billion in value.

No Japanese airlines now fly the Boeing 737 Max 8 plane, which is under intense scrutiny following two crashes in recent months.

A 737 Max 8 used by Ethiopian Airlines crashed soon after take-off on March 10 from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 passengers and crew.

Arthur Wolk, an attorney who represents plaintiffs in air crash litigation and said he has been contacted by a potential plaintiff over the Ethiopian Airlines crash, said Boeing would likely face claims for strict liability.

In 2011, a federal judge in Los Angeles dismissed 116 wrongful death and product liability cases against Boeing over the 2008 crash of a Spanair jet on a domestic flight in Spain, where the judge determined the cases should be heard.

The airline had reportedly ordered 49 MAX aircraft, which were scheduled to be delivered from 2021 to 2030.

However, while the new system might've solved one issue, it created another.

It may take several days to complete the first analysis of the flight data and cockpit voice recorders, a spokesman for France's bureau of civil aviation safety (BEA) said.

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is also sending three investigators to assist. The cause of that accident is still under investigation.

An FAA emergency order grounded 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft until further notice, effectively taking the aircraft out of the skies globally.

There are 74 registered in the United States and 387 in use worldwide with 59 carriers, according to the FAA.

The new information shows "the track of that airplane was close enough to the track of the Lion Air warrant the grounding of the airplanes so we could get more information from the black boxes and determine if there's a link between the two, and if there is, find a fix to that link", Elwell said on CNBC.

The low-priced carrier, a launch customer of the MAX 8 in 2017, said it was servicing those flights with available 737-700s and 737-800s.

It was unclear if USA transport authorities review the database or investigated the incidents. However, the FAA said this week it had mandated that Boeing update its flight software and training on the aircraft.

Yared Getachew, captain of the flight, was told to return to base after he experienced flight control problems minutes after the beginning of his journey to Nairobi, Kenya, as records of the last exchange between the pilot and air traffic control show.

Both planes were fitted with the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), a newly upgraded system created to push the nose of the plane down should the aircraft get to an altitude that would cause it to suddenly stall.

Boeing was criticised after the Lion Air crash for allegedly failing to adequately inform 737 pilots about the functioning of the stall prevention system.

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