Flights canceled at Orlando International Airport as feds ground 737 Max fleet

Pilots didn’t trust the Boeing Max 8 and now flyers are rejecting them

The chairman of the US House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Democrat Peter DeFazio, called for a probe into why the 737 MAX received certification to fly.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) late on Tuesday ordered "grounding the Boeing 737-MAX planes immediately" after aviation authorities across the globe, with the notable exception of the U.S., made a decision to ground the particular aircraft following Sunday's crash of an Ethiopian Airlines' aircraft of the same model killing all 157 people on board.

Southwest is the world's largest operator of the 737 MAX 8 with 34 jets, while American flies 24 MAX 8s and United 14 MAX 9s.

Jamaica has announced a temporary restriction on the controversial Boeing 737-8 Max and 737-9 Max aircraft from entering its airspace.

Israel's consul to Ethiopia, Opher Dach, said ZAKA rescue and recovery specialists had flown to Addis Ababa to "come to help".

All 157 people on aircraft perished.

It follows Sunday's fatal Ethiopian Airways crash involving a Boeing 737-8 Max plane.

He says the safety of the American people is of "paramount concern".

While aviation experts warn against drawing conclusions until more information emerges from the investigation, much of the world, including the European Union, has grounded the Max 8 or banned it from their airspace. "We will send this bill to those who produce this aircraft", he added. Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building airplanes; and it always will be.

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'There is no greater priority for our company and our industry.

Boeing's shares shot back up after it released the statement, and the company was on track to close higher than it opened late Wednesday afternoon. And airline pilots on at least two USA flights have reported that an automated system seemed to cause their planes to tilt down suddenly.

"There must be a rigorous investigation into why the aircraft, which has critical safety systems that did not exist on prior models, was certified without requiring additional pilot training", he said.

The pilot reports were filed previous year in a data base compiled by NASA.

In November, two incidents were reported to the NASA-run Aviation Safety Reporting Database that involved problems in controlling the 737 MAX at low altitude just after take-off with autopilot engaged, according to documents first published by the Dallas Morning News and verified by Reuters.

According to Axios, Boeing builds more than two dozen 737 Max aircraft each month at its Renton, Washington, factory and has already secured more than 4,700 orders for them.

The boss of Ethiopian Airlines has called for the grounding of all Boeing's 737 Max 8 aircraft until it is established they are safe to fly. All three carriers vouched for the safety of Max aircraft on Wednesday before Trump's ban.

It's unclear whether the two plane tilting reports led to any actions by the FAA or the pilots' airlines. Both airlines said they would immediately comply with the FAA order. Much of the 737 MAX 8 aircraft and its systems are common to earlier variants. "'Best guess from me is airspeed fluctuation" due to a brief weather system overwhelming the plane's automation.

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