WASHINGTON D,C. United States of America
US President Donald Trump has called for the ban of the Boeing 737 MAX after Canada joined other countries in grounding the aircraft from its airspace.
“We’re going to be issuing an emergency order of prohibition to ground all flights of the 737 MAX 8 and the 737 MAX 9 planes,” Trump told reporters at the White House.”The safety of the American people and all peoples is our paramount concern.”
The ban comes days after continued pressure mounted on the aircraft company about its safety measures after one of its planes crashed on Sunday morning in Ethiopia’s capital Adidis Ababa just six minutes after take off. The crash killed all passengers and crew on board.
In a statement, The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it will continue to work with investigators to determine the cause of the crash, while Ethiopia said it would send the black boxes to Europe for analysis.
Responding to the ban, Boeing chief Dennis Muilenburg said he supported the US decision “out of an abundance of caution,” but continues to have “full confidence” in the safety of the plane.
He added that they will continue with more efforts to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again.
China, Ethiopia, the European Union, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam have all grounded Boeing aircraft’s.