Trump orders US grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 planes

7 months 1 day 20 hours ago Wednesday, March 13 2019 Mar 13, 2019 Wednesday, March 13, 2019 1:40:00 PM CDT March 13, 2019 in News
By: Micaela Dea & Charles Nichelson, KOMU 8 Digital Producers

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says the U.S. is issuing an emergency order grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft in the wake of a crash of an Ethiopian Airliner that killed 157 people.

Many nations in the world had already barred the Boeing 737 Max 8 from its airspace, but until now, the Federal Aviation Administration had been saying that it did not have any data to show the jets are unsafe.

New information about the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 led his administration to order the immediate grounding of the aircraft, he said.

Trump said Wednesday that the FAA would be making the announcement soon to ground the planes.

He says any plane currently in the air will go to its destination and then be grounded.

Trump says pilots and airlines have been notified.

He says the safety of the American people is of "paramount concern."

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