U.S. Grounding All Boeing 737s, Says Trump

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Mike McDaniel, director of Houston High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, left, and Carla Provost, chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, right, listen as President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Washington. Trump said the U.S. is issuing an emergency order grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft “effective immediately,” in the wake of the crash of an Ethiopian Airliner that killed 157 people. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

The U.S. has issued an emergency order which will ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft with immediate effect, this came in the shadow of the crash of an Ethiopian Airliner (Boeing 737) that caused the deaths of 157 individuals.

During a scheduled meeting on border security, Trump stated “all of those planes are grounded, effective immediately.”

Boeing 737-760, Ethiopian Airlines AN1169978

The U.S. became the last country to issue the ban on the air carrier as most nations around the world had already done this. However, not until the announcement by the President, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that it didn’t have any data which suggested that the jets were unsafe. Trump reported cited “new information” that had surfaced in the ongoing investigation into the incident. Trump did not elaborate on this statement.

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President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Washington. Trump said the U.S. is issuing an emergency order grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft “effective immediately,” in the wake of the crash of an Ethiopian Airliner that killed 157 people. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Any airline that was in the air at the time of the announcement by Trump were required to land at its intended destination and then be grounded. All the pilots of those flights and the associated airlines were informed.

Of paramount concern is the safety of the American people as insisted by Trump, adding that the FAA will soon have a statement to be issued to the press and the nation.

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Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam holds a press briefing at the headquarters of Ethiopian Airlines in Addis Ababa, March 10.

When asked about the decision to ground the aircraft, Trump indicated that the decision didn’t have to be made, but it was agreed that it was the right decision to make.

The president also insisted that the announcement was in correlation with all the aviation officials in U.S., Canada and the carriers and aircraft manufacturer Boeing.

Boeing 737 MAX (23514088802)

In a statement, Boeing stated it “continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX.” Boeing also added that it had decided “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.”

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