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USA grounds Boeing Max 8 planes over crash

15 March, 2019, 00:56 | Author: Ted Wilson
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US-based aircraft-tracking firm Aireon provided the satellite data to the FAA, Transport Canada and several other authorities, company spokeswoman Jessie Hillenbrand said.

Aviation regulators worldwide laid down a stark challenge for Boeing to prove that its grounded 737 Max jets are safe to fly amid suspicions that faulty software might have contributed to two crashes that killed 346 people in less than six months.

The "safety notice" issued Wednesday targeting the aircraft - and a new version, the Max 9, which isn't as widely used - followed a cascade of countries banning the aircraft.

Kenya Airways will consider switching to Airbus or could opt to take more of the older 737-800 version of the Boeing jet, which doesn't feature the suspect system, Chairman Michael Joseph said in an email, without ruling out sticking with the Max. Five months earlier, a 737 Max operated by Lion Air crashed in Indonesia, killing 189 people.

"They don't have another 24 jets just sitting parked somewhere that they can bring into service to cover it.They'll have to cancel flights", he said.

Air Canada's flight attendants union, which is part of CUPE, welcomed Garneau's decision in a statement Wednesday.

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In Addis Ababa, about 200 angry family members of crash victims left a briefing with Ethiopian Airlines officials, saying that the carrier has not given them adequate information.

He said: "Regarding Air Peace and Arik orders, whether those orders were confirmed or intent, it is to our knowledge in the ministry that they won't be in the country until the next two years or so". He said pilots have been given additional training and flight procedures on what they have to do if a similar situation occured.

"It's normal that the media have seized upon yesterday's tragedy involving Ethiopian Airways, since the 737 Max is a new aircraft model and was recently involved in another air accident", the committee wrote.

"There are lots of reasons why aircraft can run into difficulty", Garneau said. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board sent three investigators to help. "The investigation team will decide where", the spokesman told Reuters.

"We are working to rebook impacted customers as soon as possible but given the magnitude of our 737 Max operations, which on average carry 9,000 to 12,000 customers per day, customers can expect delays in rebooking and in reaching Air Canada call centres and we appreciate our customers' patience".

John Gradek, who teaches airline-management courses at McGill University, said it was unprecedented for Canada to take a decision without the FAA moving first. A total of 18 Canadians were killed in the latest crash.

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