Trump Announces Grounding of Boeing 737 Max Aircraft

By Paul Riegler on 13 March 2019
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DSC_0313 (3)President Trump issued an executive order Wednesday afternoon grounding all Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

The move reverses an earlier decision by U.S. regulators to keep the jets in the air following a deadly crash in Ethiopia on Sunday.

The president said he reached his decision after speaking to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, and the acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, Daniel Elwell.

“They are all in agreement,” Trump said to reporters at the White House. “Any plane currently in the air will go to its destination and thereafter be grounded until further notice,” he added.

“The safety of the American people, of all people, is our paramount concern,” he said.

The U.S. order came hours after the Canadian government ordered the planes grounded based on new satellite data.

Boeing, the manufacturer of 737 Max jets, said it supported the action.

“We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution,” said the company’s CEO in a s statement. “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.”

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