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Boeing 737 MAX 8 operations suspended in Australia after Ethiopian Airlines crash

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    dubteedub Link
    Some more updates on other countries / regions grounding the Boeing 737 Max 8: The Latest: Consumer Reports calls to ground Boeing model Boeing Reels as Europe Joins in Global Rebuke: 737 Max...

    Some more updates on other countries / regions grounding the Boeing 737 Max 8:

    Consumer Reports is calling on airlines and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to ground Boeing 737 Max 8 jets until they finish a thorough safety investigation.

    Boeing Co. shares sank after the U.K. said it would halt flights of the 737 Max and other European countries followed suit. Europe’s aviation regulator prepared a similar action as the region joins a global rebuke of the U.S. manufacturer’s most important plane.

    The Boeing 737 MAX, the type of plane involved in a deadly crash in Ethiopia over the weekend, is still airworthy, the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday, giving a vote of confidence to the type of jet that has been involved in two deadly crashes since October.

    I find it really interesting that the US FAA is still steadfast behind Boeing in all of this. I have to imagine if this was a foreign aircraft manufacturer that Trump would be putting them on blast on Twitter and FAA would have been leading the charge against them.

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      Neverland (edited ) Link Parent
      This is quite a twist on the story: Ethiopian Airlines crash came after US shutdown delayed Boeing 737 Max fixes I thought it might be completely sensationalist, but that headline seems to be...

      This is quite a twist on the story: Ethiopian Airlines crash came after US shutdown delayed Boeing 737 Max fixes

      I thought it might be completely sensationalist, but that headline seems to be supported?

      The pilots, sounded the alarm again Jan. 10, in a letter to Trump, House speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell:

      Most of the FAA staff who certify the safety of aircraft have been furloughed and safety reporting and oversight systems have been suspended. This is critical to resolving identified issues. The continued shutdown of these certification functions will also delay some companies in bringing their products to market and hurt deliveries and exports…

      This will slow the introduction of new products and technology and result in airlines not being able to add new planes to their fleets, hindering planned routes and potentially resulting in flight cancellations. Certification and work on safety-related airworthiness directives are curtailed during the shutdown and aircraft that have been delivered to airlines are idled…

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      1. Kenny Link Parent
        I feel like Trump and his administration think their decisions don't impact lives or perhaps worse - they don't care.

        I feel like Trump and his administration think their decisions don't impact lives or perhaps worse - they don't care.

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    Route66 Link
    Canada and the US are taking a massive risk by not grounding their MAX planes. With so many other countries doing so, if there is even a scare on any other airline with this plane, the backlash...

    Canada and the US are taking a massive risk by not grounding their MAX planes. With so many other countries doing so, if there is even a scare on any other airline with this plane, the backlash could be fatal to their future. I worked at one of the airlines in Canada that is still flying it's MAX's and the first thing we learned in orientation was how many airlines have gone out of business since the industry started. It's in the hundreds and it's not at all uncommon.

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    1. Neverland Link Parent
      I agree. The FAA is still relatively respected by folks around the world. Now we seem to signaling that even the FAA is suffering from regulatory capture, or at least pressure from elected...

      I agree. The FAA is still relatively respected by folks around the world. Now we seem to signaling that even the FAA is suffering from regulatory capture, or at least pressure from elected officials. There was a fix in the pipeline for a couple months now, they just chose not to ground the airplane.

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