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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The FAA is ordering the temporary grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft (PDF) operated by U.S. airlines or in U.S. territory. The agency made this decision as a result of the data gathering process and new evidence collected at the site and analyzed today. This evidence, together with newly refined satellite data available to FAA this morning, led to this decision. The grounding will remain in effect pending further investigation, including examination of information from the aircraft's flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders. An FAA team is in Ethiopia assisting the NTSB as parties to the investigation of the Flight 302 accident. The agency will continue to investigate.

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Good. But it would not have taken the FAA to tell me not to book & fly on one of those planes after the accidents. But hey, I don't need a government food pyramid to tell me what to eat either.

#1 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2019-03-13 07:31 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Purely a political act on the part of Donald Trump but, in truth, I agree with the gounding but He doesn't fool me, this was politics not safety.
But it was a smart political move, I'll give him that.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2019-03-13 07:35 PM | Reply

Note that this only effects 59 aircraft in the US. And it's being reported that perhaps some of American Airlines' MAX 8's might not be grounded for long since they've already started to update their planes, which are actually different than the MAX 8's being flown by other airlines around the world in that they came with a different autopilot system. Also, Southwest has already started to update the autopilot systems on their MAX 8's.

OCU

#3 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-03-13 07:49 PM | Reply

But it would not have taken the FAA to tell me not to book & fly on one of those planes...
#1 | POSTED BY GRACIEAMAZED

In what fantasy land do you have the choice of what plane you fly on? So you're at the airport, ready to go, and what? You're going to ask that they use a different plane?

#4 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2019-03-13 08:33 PM | Reply

TFD

It's a lot easier than that. When I book online I always know what plane I'll be on. If someone is not too lazy they can call the airline and find out by giving them the flight number you're thinking about booking.

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-03-14 06:20 AM | Reply

In what fantasy land do you have the choice of what plane you fly on?

#4 | POSTED BY TFDNIHILIST AT 2019-03-13 08:33 PM | REPLY

What kind of -------- do you live in where you can't see what aircraft is flying the route you are booking a ticket on?

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-03-14 08:48 AM | Reply

If it was Airbus the US would be screaming bloody murder.

#7 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-03-14 12:36 PM | Reply

Trump had several conversation with CEO of Boeing and a powerful executive in the defense industry, Dennis Muilenberg, who assured Trump that the 737 MAXs were safe to fly and did not need to be grounded.

That's why Trump initially decided to roll the dice on the lives of flying passengers
instead of grounding the airplanes out of caution.

Although Trump's decision at the time was beyond the pale, keep in mind that the Trump administration is a peitre dish of influence peddling.

#8 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-03-15 06:04 AM | Reply

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