Boeing has decided to ground its entire global fleet of 737 MAX 8s and 9s. The decision comes after the tragic crash in Ethiopia last Sunday.
In a statement, the firm stated that “out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft’s safety,” it had decided to suspend its entire fleet of 371 MAX aircraft temporarily.
Boeing said that it had taken the said decision after consultations with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Safety Board of the United States of America.
The statement stated: “We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution. Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building airplanes and it always will be.”
It added: “There is no greater priority for our company and our industry.
It continued: “We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again.”
It comes after the announcement of Donald Trump that the United States would be suspending the aircraft from its airspace.
President Trump stated: “We are 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.”
The US President said that any Boeing planes that are currently in the air will go to its destination and then be grounded.
He said that pilots and airlines have been notified regarding the decisions. He added that the safety of the people of America is of “paramount concern.”
The US President asserted that the announcement was coordinated with aviation officials in Canada, carriers in the United States and Boeing.
President Trump stated: “Boeing is an incredible company. They are working very, very hard right now and hopefully they’ll quickly come up with an answer.”
The move comes after the crash in Ethiopia last Sunday in which all of the 157 passengers aboard died.
A number of countries, including the United Kingdom, had already barred the Boeing 737 MAX 8 from its airspace.
Ethiopian Airlines has said that flight recorders from the jet that crashed will be sent to Europe for analysis.
Some aviation experts have warned that looking for answers in the crash could take months.