Several airways have grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes over safety issues following the deadly crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Sunday — as a result of the airline revealed it had recovered the airplane’s damaged black box.
Sunday’s tragic incident — which killed all 157 people on board the routine flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya — was the second lethal crash of a 737 MAX 8 in merely 5 months.
Another of the planes plummeted into the Java Sea moments after taking off Oct. 29, killing all 189 crew and passengers in an incident identical to Sunday’s.
Ethiopian Airlines revealed Monday it yanked its fleet of 737 MAX 8 planes “as an extra safety precaution.”
The switch adopted a selection by civilian aviation authorities in China to briefly ground all 97 of the 737 MAX 8’s in use there.
Cayman Airways moreover launched it may “suspend operations of both our new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft .. until more information is received” on Sunday’s crash.
Boeing has delivered 354 of the jets globally and there are 2,912 additional on order. But the company was anticipated to hit turbulence Monday — as Boeing futures plummeted virtually 10 p.c pre-market shopping for and promoting in a single day in response to the crash.
Iceland Airways, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, however, are standing by the planes.
“Icelandair operates three Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and we have not had any incidents related to them,” the company tweeted. “We will follow the developments of recent events closely and continue to do all we can to ensure safety on board now as before.”
Southwest, which operates 34 Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane, acknowledged it stays “confident in the safety of our fleet.”
American moreover acknowledged it might “closely monitor the investigation.”
Ethiopian Airlines, within the meantime, acknowledged it had recovered every Flight 302’s black box and its cockpit voice recorder, which may current additional notion into the lethal flight’s closing moments — though an airline official acknowledged that the box was damaged and “we will see what we can retrieve from it.”
Eight Americans died inside the crash, though US officers have not acknowledged them.
The US National Transportation Safety Administration has despatched a gaggle to assist the Ethiopian authorities in an investigation.