9m Entire Boeing 737 Max aircraft fleet grounded

By Stephanie Wangari on 14 March 2019- 2:09 pm                              
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A wreckage at the scene of the crash in Ethiopia Twitter

On Thursday morning in Addis Ababa, grieving relatives of the 157 victims of Sunday's air disaster boarded buses for a three-hour journey to the crash site in a field 37 miles outside the Ethiopian capital, Reuters reports.

This was a second deadly incident involving the relatively new Boeing model in five months.

In October, Lion Air Flight 610 crashed in Indonesia 10 minutes after take-off, killing 189 people.

Garuda Indonesia's chief executive said there is a "possibility" the airline will cancel its orders of Boeing Co's 737 MAXs, with the final decision depending on what the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does. The airline has 24 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and uses them for 85 flights per day of 6,700 departures, according to the statement.

Officials at Lion Air have said sensors on their plane produced erroneous information on its last four flights, triggering an automatic nose-down command that the pilots were unable to overcome on its final voyage.

FILE PHOTO: American civil aviation and Boeing investigators search through the debris at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 12, 2019.

The contents of the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder that will be examined in France will provide critical details about what caused the plane crash, according to experts.

It is not yet clear which problems Captain Getachew experienced, but French investigators pledged to find answers as they took charge of the aircraft's black boxes.

Debris at the scene of the plane crash in Ethiopia
Debris at the scene of the plane crash in Ethiopia

Technical analysis is scheduled to begin on Friday (local time) and the first conclusions could take several days, the BEA said, tweeting a photo of the partly crumpled, orange-cased box.

The Ethiopia Airlines and Lion Air flights both used 737 Max-8 aircraft. Norwegian Airlines and United Airlines used the plane regularly, but only once or twice a week. Others said it was better to have an independent player analyze the data. "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", the company added.

The accounts of the recent crashes were echoed in concerns registered by United States pilots on how the MAX 8 behaves. One GOL flight and one Cayman Airways flight also were grounded.

It was unclear if USA transport authorities review the database or investigate the incidents.

Boeing doesn't fly commercially out of Windsor, but its aircraft are regular visitors to the Rose City.

The MCAS, which stands for Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System, is created to prevent the plane stalling when making steep turns under manual control.

"It is definitely on their list of concerns because China is Boeing's biggest single export market", Teal Group aerospace analyst Richard Aboulafia said. "Our team will work with all customers impacted by these flight cancellations in order to rebook them to their final destination".

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