Taiwan suspends operations of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft | Economics


In the hours following Sunday's crash, airlines and several government bodies around the world chose to ground all 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

One Rwandan national, Jackson Musoni, who works with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Darfur, Sudan, was aboard the ill-fated plane and also perished in the accident. In the other crash, Lion Air Flight 610 crashed minutes after takeoff, killing 189 people on board.

The alert was issued recently following Sunday's fatal crash of Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 737-800 MAX. "They have to find the problem ... and they will find it", he said.

He said there are similarities between the Ethiopian Airlines flight profile and that of a Lion Air flight involving the same aircraft that crashed off the Indonesian coast in October.

A man carries a piece of debris on his head at the crash site of a Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines flight near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 10, 2019.

But despite the global grounding of the Boeing Max 8's, Southwest pilots stand by the safety of the aircraft. Kenya Airways may also switch to Airbus SE, which is MAX's main competitor, but may not desert Boeing altogether, Bloomberg reported. "The safety of the American people, and all people, is our paramount concern".

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In the simulator, Aimer took off from the same airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, bound for Nairobi, Kenya, "flying" something like the Boeing 737 Max 8, a model that has since been grounded in the USA after the crash in Ethiopia earlier this month and another like it months before.

Meanwhile, from Washington, Boeing has reportedly chose to delay the delivery of 737 MAX planes to a number of countries.

Norwegian Air has said it will seek compensation from Boeing for costs and lost revenue after grounding its 737 Max fleet. Among the major USA carriers (IYT), Southwest Airlines (LUV) has placed an order for 280 jets, while American Airlines (AAL) and United Airlines (UAL) have ordered 100 planes each.

Over 100 flights were canceled Thursday in the US because of the grounding and this could stretch for weeks or months.

Indonesia plans to send a flight inspector and an official from KNKT to Ethiopia to help with the probe into Sunday's crash, pending approval from Ethiopian authorities, Soerjanto said.