Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Boeing faces claims after 737 MAX groundings

Boeing faces claims after 737 MAX groundings

"The safety of the American people, of all people, is our paramount concern", Trump said, adding that the grounding would take effect as soon as the planes landed and would continue until further notice.

This required airlines to instruct pilots on applying the checklist if they have difficulty controlling an aircraft that's being pushed into a nose-down position by the autopilot.

Relatives react at the scene where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday killing all 157 on board, near Bishoftu, south of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

The chairman of the US House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Democrat Peter DeFazio, called for a probe into why the 737 MAX received certification to fly.

"We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution", Boeing said following Trump's announcement.

Eight flights out of Orlando International Airport were scheduled Thursday on 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft, carrying about 1,400 passengers, said Kaplan, citing information from aviation data company Diio. But he declined to say whether he believed they should be able to do so free of charge.

The still unexplained crash followed another involving a Boeing 737 Max in Indonesia five months ago that killed 189 people.

The Boeing 737 Max fleet of aircraft are the latest in the company's successful 737 line. According to a preliminary investigation by Indonesia's airport authority, the plane's sensors were showing incorrect speed and altitude readings during another flight hours before the disaster.

The US Federal Aviation Administration has so far refused to ground the 737 Max fleet.

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Of the top 10 countries by air passenger travel, all but the United States and Japan have halted flights of the 737 MAX.

Even so, grounding the aircraft won't cripple air travel in Orlando or across the US, said aviation journalist Seth Kaplan. But October's Lion Air crash in Indonesia sparked a debate on automation, particularly over a software system created to push the plane down to stop a stall during flight.

Only charred fragments of victims remain, meaning it will take weeks to identify all of them using dental or DNA testing.

Possibly presaging a raft of claims, Norwegian Air said it would seek recompense for lost revenue and extra costs after grounding its 737 MAX aircraft.

The victims came from more than 30 nations, and included almost two dozen U.N. staff.

Boeing has confirmed that, for the past few months, it has been developing a "flight control software enhancement" for the aircraft, but says it is confident they are safe to fly. "Chief Exec's personal plea to Trump leaves more questions than answers", he said.

However, the US Federal Aviation Administration said a review had showed "no systemic performance issues" and that there was no basis for grounding the aircraft.

The new variant of the world's most-sold modern passenger aircraft was viewed as the likely workhorse for airlines for decades.

Boeing has issued a statement saying it is "deeply saddened" by the latest crash and will do what it can to help in the investigation.

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