Trump announces ban of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 in the US

Mar 13 2019, 6:39 pm

The United States has joined Canada, Europe and other nations in banning the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 aircraft from its airspace.

The announcement follows Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people.

Similar to Canada, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he intends to order a grounding of all 737 MAX aircraft effective immediately.

This news comes just a day after the Federal Aviation Administration said it would not be grounding its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

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Just two hours after Canada’s Transportation Minister, Marc Garneau issued his safety notice, the map below shows Canada’s airspace completely free of 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

Flight ET 302 took off on the morning of March 10 at 8:38 am local time from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on route to Nairobi, Kenya. The airport lost contact with the plane just six minutes later at 8:44 am.

According to the airline, the plane underwent “rigorous first check maintenance” on February 4, 2019, and was piloted by a senior captain.

The cause of the crash is currently unknown.

The global tragedy claimed the lives of everyone on board, which included 149 passengers and eight crew members. The victims were of 35 different nationalities.

Many of the passengers were heading to a United Nation’s environmental conference in Nairobi.

This is the second crash of a MAX 8 in five months.