"Solely Precautionary Measure": Hong Kong Bans Boeing 737 MAX Flights

"Solely Precautionary Measure": Hong Kong Bans Boeing 737 MAX Flights

On Wednesday, the USA added itself to the list of countries and airlines temporarily grounding Boeing 737 MAX planes as investigations continue after a recent pair of Max 8 crashes killed all passengers and crew aboard.

Airlines operating the 737 MAX jets that have been delivered since its 2017 debut said they had cancelled some of their flights and rearranged schedules to use other jets in their fleets.

Boeing has grounded its entire global fleet of 737 Max aircraft after investigators uncovered new evidence at the scene of the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash.

The United States, where Boeing is based, is one of the few remaining operators of the plane.

On Wednesday, Trump announced that he issued an emergency order grounding all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

"We support the actions of the FAA and other regulatory agencies and governments across the globe that have asked for further review of the data - including information from the flight data recorder - related to the recent accident involving the MAX 8", the Southwest statement said.

Many nations had already barred the Boeing 737 Max 8 from its airspace, but until Trump's announcement, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration had said that it didn't have any data to show the jets are unsafe.

USA regulators are grounding all Boeing 737 Max jets less than 24 hours after the Federal Aviation Administration issued a statement saying there was "no basis to order" US carriers to stop flying the airplanes.

Both Air Canada and WestJet tweeted they will be complying with the precautionary grounding and advised customers to expect delays in rebooking.

The Ethiopian plane's flight data and voice recorders will be sent to France for analysis, Elwell said. "Hopefully we'll be able to resolve this issue in the coming weeks and get the Max 8 back up and flying, but for the moment, caution has to dominate".

"The safety of the American people - and all people - is our paramount concern", the president said.

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Many industry watchers had expected the airline to hand the black box over to the plane manufacturer, Boeing.

The problems were with an autopilot system, the report said, and that they all occurred during the ascent after take-off.

The crash came after a Lion Air jet of the same model went down in Indonesia in October, claiming 189 lives.

The Dallas Morning News found five complaints in a federal database where pilots can register complaints about aircraft.

Ellis Taylor, Asia Finance Editor at Flight Global, said the grounding of the aircraft "will have some impact" on United States schedules.

"The UK Civil Aviation Authority has been closely monitoring the situation, however, as we do not now have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace".

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft of Air China sits on the tarmac at an airport in Beijing on Tuesday.

Ethiopian Airlines did not immediately respond to questions about whether its 737 Max 8 pilots received any additional training in the wake of the Lion Air crash and the Boeing announcement.

The last flights were still airborne Wednesday afternoon.

Southwest is the only air carrier with 737 Max planes flying in and out of St. Louis Lambert International Airport, according to airport director Rhonda Hamm-Niebrugge.

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