Trump Orders Immediate Grounding Of Boeing Model

The New York Times reports:

President Trump announced that the United States was grounding Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft, reversing an earlier decision by American regulators to keep the jets flying in the wake of a second deadly crash involving one of the jets in Ethiopia.

The Federal Aviation Administration had for days resisted calls to ground the plane even as safety regulators in some 42 countries had banned flights by the jets. As recently as Tuesday, the agency said it had seen “no systemic performance issues” that would prompt it to halt flights of the jet.

The Washington Post reports:

Canada’s transportation minister on Wednesday grounded all Boeing 737 Max 8 jets, saying a review of satellite-tracking data by his country’s experts found similarities between Sunday’s crash of an Ethio­pian Airlines jet and an October Lion Air crash.

The news leaves the United States and its carriers as the last major users of the aircraft. Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau said he issued the “safety notice” after the newly-available data was reviewed Wednesday morning.

“At this point, we feel that that threshold has been crossed and that is why we are taking these measures,” Garneau said. Garneau said the safety notice halts Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from arriving, departing or using Canadian airspace, effective immediately. The notice also cover the Max 9, another model in the Boeing series.