Eli Ridder | Report
The United States and Canada held out from grounding the Boeing 737 Max 8 within their borders until Wednesday — a model of passenger aircraft that has experienced two fatal crashes within the period of six months — while most of Europe, some of southeast Asia and a South American country ground the jet.
Washington and Ottawa are no longer allowing the Max jets to operate, at least until more information is available from the Federal Aviation Administration, who put out a statement Tuesday saying the agency’s review “shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft.
The European Union, made of up of 28 countries, Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Turkey have grounded all Max 8 jets. Specific airlines have also grounded the model.
The groundings were precipitated by an Ethiopian Airlines crash on Mar. 10 that killed all 157 people on board, a second fatal accident after an Oct. 29, 2018 crash in the Java Sea off the coast of Indonesia’s Jakarta.
Boeing is based in the U.S., however, Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Mitt Romney of Utah, Elizabeth Warren and Richard Blumenthal — a mix of Republicans and Democrats — have called for the jet to be grounded nationally pending a probe.
Decisions can be made on an airline-by-airline basis, but the industry has largely not moved to park the 737 Max 8s. Air Canada, however, was forced to cancel flights on the jet model to the United Kingdom as British authorities have banned the aircraft.
Image of Boeing 737 Max 8 from Tempo.