FAA Grounds all the Boeing 737 Max Airplanes

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FAA Grounds all the Boeing 737 Max Airplanes

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An image of the Boeing plane.

Gelila Petros, Staff Writer

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Following the recent Ethiopian airline and Indonesia’s Lion Air crashes, the FAA issued an order to ground all Boeing 737 Max 7 & 8 airplanes in U.S. skies on Wednesday.

Back in October 2018, Lion Air Flight 610, a Boeing 737 Max 8, crashed in the Java Sea 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 passengers on board. Then on Sunday, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, also a Boeing 737 Max 8, crashed near the town of Bishoftu 6 minutes after takeoff, killing all 157 passengers on board.

Countries, such as China, Australia, and the entire European Union, had all grounded the aircraft due to the recent crashes, while countries such as the US and Canada took longer to ground it. The FAA had initially resisted calls to ground the aircraft due to lack of data proving that the crashes were at the fault of the aircraft. They released a statement before Wednesday saying, “Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft. Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action.” But after receiving the tracking data for the Ethiopian airlines flight and comparing the data with that of the Indonesian flight, they found similarities between the two crashes and released the statement the same day.