Boeing under scrutiny after Ethiopian crash
Our live coverage has concluded, but you can catch up on the latest developments surrounding the 737 Max 8 aircraft below:
- Boeing 737 Max 8 grounding: What does it mean for travelers?
- Air accident experts examining Boeing 737 Max 8 'black boxes'
- A family lost five members in the Ethiopian Airlines crash. One had a premonition about the flight.
- Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan says he has not been briefed on issues with Boeing jets
The Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) in Paris has tweeted a picture of the Flight Data Recorder (FDR), provided by the Ethiopian investigation team.
President Donald Trump called his decision to ground Boeing's 737 MAX planes a "big decision" and said that Boeing has to quickly find a solution.
"They have to find out what it is. I'm not sure that they know, but I thought we had to do it. We had to take a cautionary route," Trump said. "They have to figure it out fast."
"The grounding of the planes was a big thing," Trump said.
Trump still praised Boeing as "one of the truly great companies of the world" and noted that they are one of the US's "largest exporters."
A UN official says the United Nations is recommending staff not fly on Boeing 737 Max series aircraft.
An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed Sunday killing everyone on board, including 21 UN staff. Most of the UN personnel were headed to a UN conference in Nairobi.
The advisory, which came in a letter sent before the US demanded the planes grounded, came from the UN staff and security division. It said that UN personnel should not be booked on the aircraft by UN travel units.
A UN official says if a UN staffer was booked on such a flight they can get assistance in rebooking. The decision was taken out of an abundance of caution until investigations determine what caused the crash.
Senator Richard Blumenthal, who called forcefully this week for the grounding of the Boeing aircrafts as country after country made the decision to do that on their own, condemned the FAA for its slow response and called for an investigation.
Calling it the "right decision but unacceptably overdue," Blumenthal told reporters the US "should be leading not lagging in air safety."
"I believe there needs to be an investigation to determine who knew what when and why they failed to act earlier," he said. "It’s not only a black eye, it’s a punch in the gut to the FAA that it was behind the rest of the world in basic safety. The FAA should be ashamed and embarrassed by its lagging and lagging response to this crisis in the skies which will create a confidence crisis for the FAA."
Markets just opened in the US, and Boeing’s stock continued to slide.
Shares fell a half percentage point Thursday after the FAA grounded all 737 Max jets. The grounding comes after Sunday’s fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash — the second accident involving a 737 Max jet in nearly six months.
Millions of passengers have flown on Boeing's Max planes in the past two years without even realizing it. But in the days between Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash and Wednesday's decision to ground the jets in the U.S., many people were well aware of the aircraft type they were traveling on.
Passenger Jenny Meads said she was "nervous" when she boarded a flight in Oakland and learned she was on a Max 8 plane. She only became aware of it when she saw the plane's safety pamphlet in the seat pocket.
CNN affiliate KPRC reporter Vincent Crivelli tweeted mid-flight from a Boeing 737 Max 9 plane that was flying from Houston to San Francisco. He photographed the safety pamphlet about the aircraft, which was one of the types grounded.
This post has been updated to remove a reference that misidentified a passenger aboard a plane as being on a 737 Max 8.