Donald Trump has announced an emergency order to ground all Boeing 737 Max aircrafts following the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
All of the planes that were in the air at the time of the presidential declaration will continue to their destination then be grounded, Trump said.
Shortly after, Boeing themselves announced they’d suspended the entire global fleet of the jet out of an abundance of caution,Wednesdays final groundings comes in the wake of the Sunday’s crash near Addis Ababa that killed 157 people, and five months after a Lion Air 737 Max 8 crashed and killed off the coast of Indonesia killing 189.
We’re going to be issuing an emergency order of prohibition to ground all flights of the 737 Max 8 and the 737 Max 9 and planes associated with that line,’ Trump announced, referring to ‘new information and physical evidence that we’ve received in addition to some complaints.’
Trump’s order came after a growing number of countries worldwide have made similar announcements, including Canada, the United Kingdom and China.
Boeing insists its Max jets newly-redesigned version of its popular single-aisle plane that was first launched in 1966 are safe, with European authorities now set to analyse flight recorder data from the doomed Ethiopian jet.
Former Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who served in the Obama administration, told CNBC that he approved of Trump’s decision to keep the planes out of the air.
What we need to do is ground the planes, inspect the planes, and use FAA safety inspectors and Boeing safety inspectors collaborating together, figure out if there’s something wrong and if there’s not, tell the public these planes are safe,’ There is not 100% certainty that these planes are safe,’ he said.
Trump’s decision comes on the heels of a bizarre statement he made Tuesday on Twitter, saying: ‘Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further.
In a linked tweet, Trump wrote: ‘Split second decisions are needed, and the complexity creates danger. All of this for great cost yet very little gain. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Albert Einstein to be my pilot. I want great flying professionals that are allowed to easily and quickly take control of a plane!