Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Business | By Eloise Houston

How safe is Boeing's 737 MAX 8 aircraft? | US & Canada

How safe is Boeing's 737 MAX 8 aircraft? | US & Canada

The airport says from six to 10 of the Max 8 planes fly from Tampa each day.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said their pilots had received special training.

United States aviation authorities were among the latest to issue an emergency order to ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 and 737 Max 9 series aircraft following the deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight.

Meanwhile, Norwegian was maintaining its order for more aircraft of the same type from Boeing, spokesman Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen said.

"Pilots repeatedly voiced safety concerns about the Boeing 737 Max 8 to federal authorities, with one captain calling the flight manual inadequate and nearly criminally insufficient", the newspaper noted.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Netanyahu spoke to Abiy Ahmed, and Israeli officials in Africa and Jerusalem were in contact with Ethiopian authorities about granting access to Israeli search and rescue team ZAKA.

An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed minutes after taking off from capital Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board.

The still unexplained crash followed another involving a Boeing 737 Max in Indonesia five months ago that killed 189 people.

"Safety is Boeing's number one priority and we have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX".

However, the US Federal Aviation Administration has declared the 737 Max 8 airworthy.

Southwest Airlines and American Airlines both operate fleets of the affected planes, some of which fly in and out of Tampa International.

Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul South Korea Thursday
Ethiopian Airlines black boxes to be sent overseas as investigation continues

Shortly after, President Trump said from the White House that he would be issuing a similar order to America's aviation watchdog, the FAA.

After the Lion Air crash, pilots said they had not been adequately informed of a safety feature that pulled the plane's nose down to avoid stalling, according to USA Today.

At the rural site where Flight ET 302, which was bound for the Kenyan capital Nairobi, came down near the village of Gora-Bokka, dozens of grief-stricken relatives paid their respects.

The initial crash of the Max 8 involved a Lion Air domestic flight in Indonesia on October 29, 2018.

Given problems of identification of charred remains, it will take days to start returning them to families, probably weeks for some which will require dental or DNA testing. "We should not have these up in the air at all", Kimber Climie said.

Countries around the world have grounded Boeing Max 8 flights.

The Federal Aviation Administration has also backed the jet's airworthiness and said it is reviewing all available data.

The new variant of the world's most-sold modern passenger aircraft was viewed as the likely workhorse for airlines for decades. In certain circumstances, the planes' systems try to tilt their noses down, contrary to the efforts of pilots - a pattern that was seen in both flights before they crashed, he said.

Boeing has issued a statement saying it is "deeply saddened" by the latest crash and will do what it can to help in the investigation.

In November, two incidents were reported to the NASA-run Aviation Safety Reporting Database that involved problems in controlling the 737 MAX at low altitude just after take-off with autopilot engaged, according to documents first published by the Dallas Morning News and verified by Reuters.

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