Published on Wednesday, March 13, 2019

US presidential candidate calls for grounding of MAX 8

A succession of US lawmakers are calling on the country's air safety body to follow other countries around the world in grounding the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet following a fatal crash in Ethiopia on Sunday.

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has added her voice to those calling for a temporary ban on the aircraft, which was banned from the UK by the Civil Aviation Authority yesterday.

The crash at Addis Ababa on Sunday was the second deadly accident involving the MAX 8 in five months. Last year, a Lion Air flight crashed in Indonesia shortly after take off.

"Dozens of Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes fly daily in the United States. While we do not know the causes of these crashes, serious questions have been raised about whether these planes were pressed into service without additional pilot training in order to save money," Warren said.

"Today, immediately, the FAA needs to get these planes out of the sky."

She was joined by senators Dianne Feinstein, Richard Blumenthal and Mitt Romney who also urged the FAA to ground all MAX 8 flights. Now American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are being pressured by their own workers. Flight attendants have urged the airlines to ground the airplanes.

"Our flight attendants are very concerned with the recent Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crash, which has raised safety concerns with the 737 MAX 8," said Lori Bassani, president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants.

"Many respected global carriers are grounding the planes. Strongly consider grounding these planes until a thorough investigation can be performed."

As the FAA issued a global notice of 'continued airworthiness', the rest of the world, from Europe to Australia, have temporarily grounded the MAX 8 until the cause of Sunday's crash is known.

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