Boeing Grounds Entire Crash Aircraft Fleet

Boeing has grounded its entire global fleet of 737 Max aircraft after investigators uncovered new evidence at the scene of the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash.


The US plane-maker said it would suspend all 371 of the aircraft.


The Federal Aviation Administration said fresh evidence as well as newly refined satellite data prompted the decision to temporarily ban the jets.


The FAA had previously held out while many countries banned the aircraft.

The crash on Sunday in Addis Ababa killed 157 people.

It was the second fatal Max 8 disaster in five months after one crashed over Indonesia in October, claiming 189 lives.

What has the FAA discovered?

The FAA has a team investigating the disaster at the Ethiopian Airlines crash site working with the National Transportation Safety Board.

Dan Elwell, acting administrator at the FAA, said on Wednesday: “It became clear to all parties that the track of the Ethiopian Airlines [flight] was very close and behaved very similarly to the Lion Air flight.”

He added that “the evidence we found on the ground made it even more likely the flight path was very close to Lion Air’s”.

President Donald Trump initially announced that the FAA would be making an emergency order following “new information and physical evidence that we’ve received from the site and from other locations and through a couple of other complaints”.

The US is the latest country to suspend the Boeing 737 Max from flying after nations include the UK, the European Union, China, India and Australia all grounded the aircraft.

Up until today, the FAA position was that a review had showed “no systemic performance issues” and that there was no basis for grounding the aircraft.

Earlier on Wednesday, Canada grounded the planes after its transport minister Marc Garneau said he had received new evidence about the crash.

He said that satellite data showed possible similarities between flight patterns of Boeing 737 Max planes operating in Canada and the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed.

(Source: BBC)


  1. Alfred

    The question is why????????

  2. muntungwa

    Boeing should be made to pay heavily for this tragedy.
    I am scared as I have flown on some Boeing planes before. What a tragedy.

  3. Davido David

    The day before the incident was using the same make Boeing plane it looks like all in all the manufacturer knows what the problem these crafts has but instead of working to improve they keep on manufacturing fauty planes let all states ban this kind of planes to avoid such accidents and let Boeing pay to compensate the bereved families

  4. Idiocy Detector

    Ba Muntungwa, it is not all Boeing planes but specifically 737 Max 8 and since you are not dead, you must not be scared, you will need to make sure you are not booked on the Max in future. Kikikikiki

    • Bosco

      Ba Idiocy you want him to be scared when he is daed,no way. He has to now when he is alive

  5. passenger

    Give us the evidence that has been found, me still wondering!

  6. Ndondumwenze

    Navitakata navileka kuvi kwela

  7. Daniel Banda

    This article is as dangerous as the two Boeing 737 MAX planes that have killed our species totaling 336 lives within 5 months without mentioning the real cause.

  8. haka mj

    Blem the company that makes such crafts and bun the airport

  9. kapenda

    i do not understand the actual cause of accident, can someone explain to me il layman language

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