President Trump Says All Boeing 737 Max 8 & 9 Planes Grounded, Effective Immediately

Trump said the U.S. is grounding the flights “effective immediately” following the model’s second crash in five months…

Update via ZH:

Update (2:50 pm ET)Boeing has issued a statement supporting President Trump’s decision to ground all 737 Max planes:

Boeing continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX.  However, after consultation with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and aviation authorities and its customers around the world, Boeing has determined — out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft’s safety — to recommend to the FAA the temporary suspension of operations of the entire global fleet of 371 737 MAX aircraft.

Nations around the world have been grounding the airplanes following the second plane crash in five months, the most recent being on Sunday over Ethiopia.

“On behalf of the entire Boeing team, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives in these two tragic accidents,” said Dennis Muilenburg, president, CEO, Chairman of The Boeing Company.

“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. There is no greater priority for our company and our industry. 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.”

Boeing makes this recommendation and supports the decision by the FAA.

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From CBS News:

President Trump announced Wednesday that all Boeing 737 Max planes will be grounded “effective immediately,” after the second such deadly plane crash in five months. 

Planes will be grounded upon landing at their destination, CBS News’ Kris Van Cleave reports. 

The president made the announcement during a White House meeting on drugs at the southern border. Mr. Trump’s announcement comes as other nations grounded the aircraft type, and under increasing pressure for the U.S. to follow suit. 

“Hopefully they’ll come up with an answer, but until they do the planes are grounded,” Mr. Trump said. 

The president said the Federal Aviation Administration will make an announcement shortly.

from CNN:

(CNN)Investigators are combing through debris at the site where Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed on Sunday, attempting to make sense of a disaster that claimed 157 lives and left thousands more in grief and shock.

In the days since the crash, the personal stories of many of those on board have come to light — highlighting the truly international nature of a tragedy that saw people of 35 different nationalities die.
The focus on Boeing has also been intense. On Tuesday, the UK joined several other countries in grounding the company’s newest, big-selling 737 MAX 8 jet over safety concerns. The MAX 8 was also the model involved in October’s Lion Air crash, which killed all 189 people on board.
But much more about Sunday’s crash remains unclear — including crucial questions over what caused the jet to go down
This news is still developing.