President Donald Trump issued an “emergency order” Wednesday to ground all Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Max 9 planes following two deadly crashes.
“Boeing is an incredible company and they’re working very hard right now and hopefully they’ll very quickly come up with the answer but until they do the planes are grounded,” President Trump said.
The FAA wrote the following in a statement:
“The agency made this decision as a result of the data gathering process and new evidence collected at the site and analyzed today. This evidence, together with newly refined satellite data available to FAA this morning, led to this decision.”
There are currently 371 Boeing Max planes that would be grounded. American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines are some of the U.S. based companies that fly the plane. Southwest Airlines has the largest fleet of 737 MAX planes in the U.S. About 40 other airlines around the world also use the plane.
Southwest Airlines issued the following statement to 8 News NOW:
“Southwest Airlines is immediately complying with today’s FAA requirement for all U.S. airlines to ground the Boeing 737 MAX 8. As a result, we have removed our 34 MAX 8 aircraft from scheduled service.”
Other countries have already grounded the planes.
In Consultation with the FAA, NTSB and its Customers, Boeing Supports Action to Temporarily Ground 737 MAX Operations: https://t.co/YGgmgAZK3O pic.twitter.com/5bnxevuzlD— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) March 13, 2019