March 11, 2019 – In Breaking News – CNN
Two US airlines fly the 737 MAX 8 — the type of jet that crashed last year in Indonesia killing 189 people and on Sunday in Ethiopia killing all 157 on board.
American Airlines — which flies 24 of the new planes — said in a statement to CNN on Monday that it is monitoring the investigation in Ethiopia and following last year’s Federal Aviation Administration directive after the crash in Indonesia of Lion Air Flight 610.
(With Boeing’s 737 Max 8 being involved in two crashes just six months apart, numerous international airlines have grounded the best selling aircraft out of precaution. Courtesy of CNN and YouTube. Posted on Mar 11, 2019.)
The airline “continues to collaborate with the FAA and other regulatory authorities” and it has “full confidence in the aircraft,” the statement said.
The crashes of two new jets during such a short time period has focused extraordinary attention on the 737 MAX 8, its operators and national regulators — so much so that Ethiopian Airlines, China and Indonesia have grounded all planes of that type, nationwide.
In the Caribbean, Cayman Airways has decided to ground its 737 MAX 8s.
Southwest — which includes 34 737 MAX 8s in its fleet — said in a statement it doesn’t plan to change its operational policies or procedures and it remains confident in the safety of its entire fleet.
(All 157 passengers on board, including 8 Americans, were killed when the Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashed after takeoff in Ethiopia. Courtesy of Fox News and YouTube. Posted on Mar 11, 2019.)
“We have been in contact with Boeing and will continue to stay close to the investigation as it progresses,” Southwest said in the statement.
It’s very early in the investigation. Because the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder were only recovered Monday, the two crashes have not been directly linked.
There are countless reasons a plane can crash — including birds flying into engines, a problem with weight balance or pilot error.
“This is all so premature,” said John Gogila — former National Transportation Safety Board member.
“What I would offer is a word of caution. We need to get the data analyzed first and then decide how to move forward.”
(Two devices containing flight data from the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed have been recovered, according to Ethiopian Airlines. Courtesy of CNN and YouTube. Posted on Mar 11, 2019.)
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