Some Calgary flights cancelled after Canada grounds Boeing 737 MAX jets

Elias Hubbard
March 15, 2019

FILE PHOTO: American civil aviation and Boeing investigators search through the debris at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 12, 2019.

Askhara said his airline had chose to reduce the order from 49 "before the crashes". "The investigation team will decide where", the spokesman told Reuters. In October, 189 people died when a 737 Max 8 flown by Lion Air of Indonesia plunged into the Java Sea soon after taking off from Jakarta on a short-haul flight.

And in what may presage a raft of claims, Norwegian Air has said it will seek compensation from Boeing for costs and lost revenue after grounding its fleet of 737 MAX.

Tewolde said he is confident the investigation will reveal that the crash is not related to the safety record of Ethiopian Airlines, widely seen as the best-managed in Africa.

The plane was less than four months old when it went down just six minutes into its flight to Nairobi.

On Wednesday, Ethiopian's CEO hinted in an interview that the black box was due to be taken to Europe for analysis given that Ethiopia lacked that expertise.

Former FAA assistant administrator Scott Brenner told CBS News the agency still should have waited for data from the Ethiopian jet's black boxes before making its decision.

Countries that have grounded their 737 Max 8 fleets include India, Canada, China, Singapore and Indonesia; the European Union has also grounded the aircraft.

Hours later, Germany's federal bureau of aircraft accident investigation, FBU, said it will not analyze the black box from the Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet.

Boeing chief Dennis Muilenberg said "we are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again".

It could also look at Grant County International Airport in central Washington, where Boeing regularly tests aircraft. In a March 13 statement, Boeing said it respected the FAA's latest decision. "There are many inestimable costs that both WestJet and Air Canada will have to incur to manage a disruption of this size", he said in a research note.

The MAX series is Boeing's fastest-selling model, but it is still relatively new with fewer than 500 in service.

On Wednesday, Canada and the United States grounded Max aircraft.

Boeing Co's 737 MAX 8 and 9 planes will be grounded for weeks if not longer until a software upgrade can be tested and installed, US lawmakers said on Thursday, as officials in France prepare to begin analyzing the black boxes from a jet that crashed in Ethiopia.

One said the flight crew reviewed the incident "at length. but can't think of any reason the aircraft would pitch nose-down so aggressively". However, the FAA said this week it had mandated that Boeing update its flight software and training on the aircraft.

Boeing was criticised after the Lion Air crash for allegedly failing to adequately inform 737 pilots about the functioning of the stall prevention system.

Before Sunday's disaster, more than 370 jets of the model were in operation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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