Published: Fri, March 15, 2019

Ethiopian crash: France accepts black box analysis, U.S. grounds Boeing

Ethiopian crash: France accepts black box analysis, U.S. grounds Boeing

"We are in the process of reconfiguring our schedule to remove all 737 Max 8 flights and move guests to other aircraft", WestJet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said.

A Lion Air flight on a 737 Max 8 crashed in October in Indonesia, taking the lives of its 189 passengers and its crew.

All Boeing 737 Max-8 and 9 planes will continue to be grounded until May after the catastrophic Ethiopian Airlines crash, the US Federal Aviation Administration said.

Boeing said it had paused deliveries of its fastest-selling 737 MAX aircraft built at its factory near Seattle but continues to produce its single-aisle jets at full speed while dealing with the worldwide fleet's grounding.

The company added that it's Caribbean Airlines' global aviation consultants, attorneys, and management are closely monitoring the situation and will take all required steps to continue to safeguard the airline, its customers and staff.

The 737 MAX has been banned from flying in most countries after an Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday that killed all 157 people on board.

We sincerely thank all stakeholders for the continued confidence placed in the National Airline of Trinidad and Tobago.

He said there are similarities between the Ethiopian Airlines flight profile and that of a Lion Air flight involving the same aircraft that crashed off the Indonesian coast in October.

"Currently, we are working with our airline partners to store aircraft here at YYC", said Fiest.

It could also look at Grant County International Airport in central Washington, where Boeing regularly tests aircraft.


Transport Minister Marc Garneau said at a news conference on Wednesday that the decision to ground the planes is a precautionary move after reviewing the evidence.

Ethiopian investigators have now sent the black boxes to Paris to be analyzed - almost three days after they were recovered from the crash site.

The Federal Aviation Administration said findings from the crash site near Addis and "newly refined satellite data" warranted "further investigation of the possibility of a shared cause for the two incidents".

"We service several of the Canadian operators so, they reached out to us to see if we had places for them to park the aircraft and, of course, we help out our customers just like everybody else does", says Robertson.

Boeing chief Dennis Muilenburg said he supported the USA decision "out of an abundance of caution" but had "full confidence" in the safety of the plane. He also noted that investigators have not yet drawn a clear link between the system that malfunctioned prior to the Lion Air crash and the Ethiopia accident.

Elwell said Wednesday the FAA was hopeful the software update would be ready "within a couple of months" and expressed optimism it would mitigate risks experienced by pilots.

The Ethiopian Airlines pilots reported similar difficulties before their aircraft plunged to the ground as they tried to return to the airport.

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

BEA said any information about the investigation would come from Ethiopian Airlines, which itself tweeted that it would only communicate through social media and its website.

The Ethiopian Airlines plane was less than four months old when it went down six minutes into its flight to Nairobi.

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