President Trump announced Wednesday that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is grounding all Boeing 737 Max planes "effective immediately."
The decision is following the tragic crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 on March 10th. All 149 passengers and 8 crew onboard the flight were killed. The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.
“On behalf of the entire Boeing team, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives in these two tragic accidents,” said Dennis Muilenburg, president, CEO, Chairman of The Boeing Company.
Boeing supports the decision to ground the planes:
“We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution. Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building airplanes; and it always will be. There is no greater priority for our company and our industry. 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.”