The United States aviation regulator on Tuesday (March 12) said that there is “no basis” for grounding Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, despite a second deadly crash involving the model in recent months.
Federal Aviation Administration acting chief Daniel K Elwell in a statement on Tuesday said, “The FAA continues to review extensively all available data and aggregate safety performance from operators and pilots of the Boeing 737 MAX. Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft.”
He said that if any issues affecting the continued airworthiness of the aircraft are identified, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action.
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“Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action. In the course of our urgent review of data on the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash, if any issues affecting the continued airworthiness of the aircraft are identified, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action,” Elwell said.
Boeing has found itself under immense pressure from aviation regulatory authorities around the world, after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed en route to Nairobi in Kenya on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board the aircraft.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) closed European airspace to all MAX planes.
India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) also grounded the aircraft with immediate effect.
According to reports, Air Canada announced it was canceling flights to London following Britain’s decision to ban the aircraft.