US plane manufacturing giant Boeing has grounded its entire global fleet of 737 Max aircraft following investigations into the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash earlier this month.
This announcement means that a total of 371 aircraft will not be in use for the foreseeable future. The decision was made following fresh evidence discovered by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Sunday’s crash has been headline news across the world, as all 157 people onboard lost their lives. The black box is currently being analysed in Paris. The FAA is continuing its investigation.
— The FAA (@FAANews) 13 March 2019
Boeing continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX. However, after consultation with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and aviation authorities and its customers around the world, Boeing has determined to recommend to the FAA the temporary suspension of operations of the entire global fleet of 371 737 MAX aircraft.
“On behalf of the entire Boeing team, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives in these two tragic accidents,” said Dennis Muilenburg, president, CEO, Chairman of The Boeing Company.
“We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution. Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building aeroplanes, and it always will be. There is no greater priority for our company and our industry. We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again.”