The U.S Wednesday joined many other countries in grounding Boeing Co’s money-spinning 737 MAX aircraft over safety fears after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that killed 157 people.
The Trump administration cited new satellite data and evidence from the scene of Ethiopian Airlines crash near Addis Ababa for its decision to join other nations in suspending 737 MAX flights.
The crash on Sunday was the second disaster involving Boeing 737 aircraft, the world’s most-sold modern passenger aircraft within five months. The earlier crash involving Boeing 737 MAX in Indonesia killed 188 people.
The Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed was the same type as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed in October, killing 188 passengers and crew.
Currently, there are about 350 of the 737 MAX 8 planes in service worldwide. While some countries have decided to continue flying the aircraft pending result of investigation about the crash.
Here is a list of countries that have already grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes:
United States, SINGAPORE, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, South Korea, Mongolia, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Norway, Argentina, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Egypt, Serbia,
All European Union countries which include:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Ethiopian Airlines said it has grounded its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet.
South African airline Comair said it has “decided to remove its 737 MAX from its flight schedule”
Cayman Airways said it would suspend flights for its two 737 MAX 8 planes “until more information is received”
Brazilian airline Gol said it is temporarily suspending commercial operations for its seven Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
At the time of this report, Boeing has lost $26.6 billion in market value since Sunday’s 737 Max 8 crash