As it is official, Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States (FAA) finally decided to join the global claim and are calling for the suspension of all operations of the 737 MAX aircraft , this until the results of the past investigation are available. accident of flight 302 of Ethiopian Airlines , where 157 people lost their lives.
Chronicle of an announced suspension
Let’s review what happened. On Sunday, March 10, a Boeing 737 MAX from Ethiopian Airlines crashed six minutes after taking off . Something similar happened last October with Lion Air, also with a Boeing 737 MAX that collapsed 13 minutes after taking off. This ignited alerts in the world of aviation and caused some airlines to immediately stop operations related to the plane.
On Monday, March 11 , the Civil Aviation Administration of China (AACC) was the first to ground the plane under the argument of “zero tolerance when it comes to safety risks” and ordered domestic airlines to suspend all the commercial operations of the Boeing 737 MAX. This was followed by airlines from Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia and Latin America , which also stopped the operations of the 737 MAX for security reasons.
Faced with this, Boeing and the FAA affirmed that everything was in order and that “the 737 MAX plane was safe” . However, the manufacturer announced that they were preparing an update of the system, since apparently the ‘Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System’ (MCAS) was presenting a ruling that made the aircraft show an erroneous reading on the nose of the plane, which caused it went downhill and that made the pilots have to fight to keep it stable.
On Tuesday, March 12 , European countries such as Norway , Ireland , Holland , France , the United Kingdom and Germany joined the suspension and left all 737 MAXs on the ground. But that was not all, as they also began to restrict their airspace to prevent other airlines from flying with this plane. Later this day, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) became strict by closing all airspace and suspending all operations of the Boeing 737 MAX in Europe.
On Wednesday, March 13, only the United States, Canada and Panama maintained flights with the Boeing 737 MAX. During the first hours of the morning, Panama, through Copa Airlines, announced that they had decided to suspend “immediately and temporarily” the airplane’s operations. Minutes later, Canada, through the Ministry of Transportation, confirmed that they would also stop flights with the 737 MAX and also closed their airspace to the aircraft.
Yes, there was only the United States, and a few minutes ago President Donald Trump sent the order to put all the Boeing 737 MAX planes on the ground , the last ones missing in the world.
“Boeing is an incredible company, they are working very, very hard at this moment, and we hope they will quickly find the answer, but while they are finding it, the planes will remain on the ground.” The FAA will announce an “emergency order” in the next few hours. .
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
March 13, 2019
Apparently , President Trump would have made the decision after Canada mentioned in his statement that they had received “new information and physical evidence” of what had happened at the accident site, claiming that “there were similarities” to the October accident. .
371 737 MAX aircraft on the ground and more than 4,500 aircraft to be delivered in doubt
Up to this moment, the 737 MAX aircraft fleet has been stopped and will not be able to operate until there is new data to guarantee that the aircraft is safe. According to aviation expert Jon Ostrower , the company would have asked President Trump not to suspend the operations of his airplane, this in view of the danger it could represent for the future of the company.
Remember that the 737 MAX came to replace the 737, and since its announcement and first deliveries it became the fastest-selling aircraft in the history of Boeing . To put it in context, of the manufacturer’s income during 2018, 65% come from the sales of the 737 MAX.
To date, Boeing has delivered 371 737 MAX aircraft, and has a list of orders for 4,754 more aircraft . In case it is proven that the 737 MAX is not safe and can not be resolved with a system update, the manufacturer would face a very complicated scenario.
Boeing gives the face and “recommends” stop the operations of the 737 MAX
After President Trump’s announcement, Boeing had no choice but to issue a new statement , signed by Dennis Muilenburg, CEO and president of The Boeing Company , where they finally ask to leave all the 737 MAX planes on the ground in order to “reassure the public”.
“Boeing remains fully confident in the safety of the 737 MAX, however, after consulting with the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Transportation Safety Board of the United States (NTSB), and the Aviation authorities and their customers around the world, Boeing has decided (by a large number of precautions and in order to reassure the public that it flies about the safety of the aircraft) to recommend to the FAA the temporary suspension of the operations of the entire world fleet of 371 737 MAX aircraft. “
“On behalf of the entire Boeing team, we extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives in these two tragic accidents.”
“We are taking this decision very cautiously, safety is a fundamental value in Boeing since we build aircraft, and always will be, there is no higher priority for our company and our industry, we are doing everything we can to understand the cause of accidents. in collaboration with researchers, to implement security improvements and help ensure that this does not happen again. ”
It is expected that in the next few hours the FAA will issue its “emergency order” that would be in line with what was announced by Boeing and President Trump. In the next few days or weeks the first results will be obtained about the Ethiopian Airlines accident, which will be decisive for the future of the Boeing 737 MAX .
We will be attentive to any news.
Update (02:00): The FAA has issued its “emergency order” where it requests the prohibition of the operations of the Boeing 737 MAX until further notice.
“The FAA is ordering the temporary immobilization of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by US airlines or on US territory,” the agency made this decision as a result of the data collection process and new evidence collected on the site and analyzed today. along with the satellite data available to the FAA gave rise to this decision. “
“Immobilization will remain in effect until further investigation, including analysis of the information recorded by the cockpit voice and data recorders, an FAA team is in Ethiopia helping the NTSB as part of the investigation of the accident of flight 302. The agency will continue to investigate. ”