U.S. joins other nations by grounding Boeing 737 Max jets

President Trump on Wednesday announced that the U.S. was grounding Boeing 737 Max jets like the ones that crashed Sunday in Ethiopia and in the Java Sea five months earlier. Both crashes killed everybody on board.


The Federal Aviation Administration had resisted calls to bar the popular Boeing planes from flying until an investigation was completed, saying it had found “no systemic performance issues” to justify grounding the jets, as countries around the world have done.

The FAA and Canada changed course, they said Wednesday, after newly available satellite-tracking data suggested similarities in the crashes.

“The safety of the American people, of all people, is our paramount concern,” Trump said.

The crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 took place just minutes after takeoff and killed all 157 people on board the jetliner, a 737 Max 8. The circumstances echoed an October accident in which a 737 Max 8 operated by Lion Air, an Indonesian carrier, crashed and killed 189 people.

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