Trump orders emergency grounding of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 planes
Earlier Wednesday, Canada closed the airspace for this type of aircraft
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered the immediate suspension of flights of Boeing 737 MAX 8.
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Earlier Wednesday, Canada joined the list of countries that closed their airspace to this type of liners after the plane crash in Ethiopia, which killed 157 people..
Transport Minister of Canada Mark Garneau, speaking at a conference in Ottawa, explained that the ban applies to the arrival and departure of these airliners, as well as their flights through Canadian airspace..
“This warning is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further instructions are received,” he said, adding that he decided to introduce a ban after he received new information on the matter..
As a reminder, Canada usually works closely with the US Civil Aviation Administration. Garneau said that after Canada notified the US of the ban, there was “absolutely no political pressure” from Washington..
Satellite data shows similarities between the crash of an Ethiopian plane and the Lion Air liner that crashed in Indonesia last year, he said. Both planes crashed shortly after takeoff..
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