The US is set to become the latest country to ground Boeing 737 Max aircraft following an announcement by President Donald Trump. In a televised speech, President Trump shared that the decision to ground the aeroplanes was made following analysis of data collected from the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302.
On 10 Sunday, Flight ET 302 crashed roughly six minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. All 149 passengers and eight crew members onboard were killed in the accident.
The incident bore several similarities in terms of the crash model to the fatal Lion Air Flight JT 160 from last October.
While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had held off grounding flight operations involving the aeroplane until now, evidence from the crash site, along with “newly refined satellite data”, has led to the temporary grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft in US territory.
“The grounding will remain in effect pending further investigation, including examination of information from the aircraft's flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders,” read a statement released on the FAA’s official Twitter account.
Previously, the FAA had instructed Boeing to swiftly implement critical software updates for the aircraft by April 2019.
The long list of countries and regions now banning the aircraft’s use includes the European Union, UK, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Singapore, Oman, Egypt, Kuwait, UAE, Australia and China.