This afternoon, President Trump announced that the United States is grounding the Boeing 737 Max aircraft, days after an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed, killing 157 people. With this being the second Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft crashed in six months, the United States is following the likes of China and Canada and grounding their fleet. The president announced that the grounding of 737s will be “effective immediately.”
“The safety of the American people, of all people, is our paramount concern,” President Trump said.
Minutes later, the FAA — which stood with Boeing as other nations raced to ground flights — released a statement of their own.
Daniel Elwell, head of the FAA and an appointee of the president, spoke to reporters on the decision, saying:
Since this accident occurred we were resolute that we would not take action until we had data. That data coalesced today. [New data] added fidelity — missing pieces that we did not have prior to today.
I can’t and I don’t want to hazard a guess as to how long. My hope is that the FAA, the carriers, the manufacturer, that all parties will work very hard to make this grounding as short as possible so that these airplanes can get back up into the sky.