President Trump is issuing an emergency order to ground all 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft in the U.S., which was one of the final holdouts . The FAA and U.S. airlines previously were still content to fly the aircraft that was involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday which involved a 737 MAX 8 aircraft and killed all aboard (SEE: Two fatal crashes, too many questions. Why I’ll be avoiding the 737 MAX).
The president did note that the “FAA and Boeing are “in agreement”. This seems contrary to the previous statements released by the agency and company. The airlines also appear to be on board, according to the president, despite previous statement to the contrary.
Not looking good for U.S. airlines, FAA, or Boeing
When countries and airlines started grounding the aircraft around the globe, I figured that the U.S. would be hot on the heels of those decision, anticipating that the FAA would make the call. However, no such order was issued, and U.S. airlines released statements of their confidence in the aircraft.
Public perception may judge them for their attitude . Even if the risk is relatively low that something may happen with a MAX 8 aircraft, it is completely unprecedented for two new commercial jets to fall from the sky like we’ve seen. Caution is in order, and I’m glad the U.S. is making the decision. It just didn’t come from the source I expected.