FAA to open proceeding on fatal Boeing crashes

Boeing Co. and USA regulators grappled with a crisis of confidence in the 737 Max that moved with the speed of an Internet rumor after the second deadly crash of the model in five months.

Garneau said evidence about multiple Boeing 737 Max 8 flights suggests a worrying correlation between the Ethiopian Airlines crash and the tragedy in Indonesia less than five months ago.

President Donald Trump blamed the crashes on automated technology replacing experienced pilots, echoing Warren's comment.

He said the authority will be working with airlines to make sure passengers get to where they need to go.

Ethiopia will ask European air-safety experts to analyse black boxes from a crashed Boeing jet in a sign USA authorities are not trusted to determine the cause of the disaster after ruling that the model is safe to fly.

Sunday's tragic crash of ET302 comes just as Ethiopian Airlines has been riding a wave of global investment, expansion and optimism.

It was the second time the FAA has halted flights of a Boeing plane in six years.

Air Canada cancelled London-bound flights from Halifax and St. John's, N.L., after the United Kingdom banned all Boeing Max 8 jets from its airspace.

Before Sunday's crash, the 737 Max planes were heavily used, taking more than 9,000 flights in a single week and reaching nearly every continent.


"The pilot was fighting against the computer software, which wanted to drop the nose of the aircraft" and "eventually there was a loss of control", said Garneau, a former astronaut.

The move leaves unclear the destination of the black box, which may yield vital details of what caused the Boeing 737 MAX 8 to plunge to the ground, killing 157 people.

The grounding in China, followed by the Indonesian air safety regulator's order to halt 737 Max flights starting Tuesday, raised the question of whether other countries would follow suit.

Foreign investigators examine wreckage at the scene where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff. Boeing's flight-control changes would address the plane's anti-stall software and faulty sensor linked to the earlier crash in the Java Sea off the coast of Indonesia.

A Boeing 737 Max takes part in flying display at the 52nd Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, June 20, 2017.

Warren further urged Congress to hold hearings on whether the Trump administration has made a decision to put lives at risk for Boeing's profits. Lion Air confirmed reports it has put on hold the scheduled delivery of four of the jets. That delivered a one-two punch for an aircraft type that has ranked among the world's safest since it started flying in the 1960s.

Ryanair is due to take delivery of the first 737 MAX in April, two in May and two in June. The biggest impact could be on future deliveries given Boeing has almost 5,000 more 737 MAXs on order.

"This decision has an impact on the travel plans of our WestJet guests and we ask for understanding as we work to rebook all guests affected as quickly as possible", said Ed Sims, WestJet chief executive officer.

"So, if we look at the profile, there are vertical fluctuations, in the vertical profile of the aircraft and there were similarities in what we saw", Garneau said.


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