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PoliticsGround the Boeing 737 Max 8, members of Congress implore the FAA after deadly crash

18:38  12 march  2019
18:38  12 march  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Boeing 737 Max 8 black boxes from Ethiopian Airlines flight crash sent to France for examination

Boeing 737 Max 8 black boxes from Ethiopian Airlines flight crash sent to France for examination The flight data and cockpit voice recorders from doomed Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 arrived in Paris Thursday.

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WASHINGTON — Members of Congress implored the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 following a deadly crash in Africa and the decision by authorities in the United Kingdom to ban its flights.

Senators Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Mitt Romney, R-Utah, called for an immediate cessation of flights until investigators can determine the cause the crash on Sunday and another in Indonesia. Warren noted that six countries have already ordered the plane grounded.

"The FAA should follow their lead, reverse their decision, and immediately ground this plane in the United States until its safety can be assured," Warren said in a statement.

The FAA on Tuesday stood by its statement that the plane is airworthy.

China Grounds Entire Domestic Fleet of Boeing 737 Max Jets After Crash

China Grounds Entire Domestic Fleet of Boeing 737 Max Jets After Crash China grounded its fleet of Boeing Co. 737 Max 8 jets after a plane operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed on Sunday, intensifying scrutiny on the best-selling model which has been involved in two deadly accidents in five months. Local carriers have until 6 p.m. local time to ground the 96 737 Max jets that they operate, according to Chinese government statements. The order came a day after a 737 Max run by Ethiopian Airlines plunged to the ground on its way to Kenya, killing all 157 people on board.

"If we identify an issue that affects safety, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action," the statement said.

Boeing, in a statement Tuesday, restated its “full confidence in the safety of the MAX” following the decision by the United Kingdom to ground the aircraft.

“It is also important to note that the Federal Aviation Administration is not mandating any further action at this time, and based on the information currently available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators,” Boeing concluded in its statement.

Romney called on the FAA to ground the plane out of an "abundance of caution for the flying public."

Blumenthal, Monday evening, called for the plane to be grounded to protect travelers, pilots and flight attendants.

Warren, a candidate for president, said the planes should be grounded immediately and called for Congress to hold hearings.

"The world has now witnessed the second tragic crash of one of these planes in less than six months," Warren said. "While we do not know the causes of these crashes, serious questions have been raised about whether these planes were pressed into service without additional pilot training in order to save money."

The Senate's committee with oversight of aviation does not issue statements on accidents while investigations are underway, said Commerce Committee spokeswoman Brianna Manzelli.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ground the Boeing 737 Max 8, members of Congress implore the FAA after deadly crash

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Two flight data recorders from Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 have been found, as airlines around the world ground Boeing 737 MAX 8s like the one which crashed Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The plane's Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) were recovered from the wreckage, Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement.

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