The Federal Aviation Authority, as well as at least two major U.S. airlines, have not announced any plans to ground Boeing 737 Max 8 planes following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, and amid reports of aviation authorities in China, Indonesia and Ethiopian Airlines taking the aircraft out of service.
“The FAA is closely monitoring developments in the Ethiopian Flight 302 crash early this morning,” the agency confirmed Sunday. “We are in contact with the State Department and plan to join the NTSB in its assistance with Ethiopian civil aviation authorities to investigate the crash.”
In addition to China, Indonesia and Ethiopian Airlines, Cayman Airways has temporarily grounded its two Boeing 737 Max 8 planes.
Boeing, which is based out of Chicago, has said it does not intend to issue any further guidance to customers, the Associated Press reported.
“Boeing is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 airplane,” the company wrote in a news release issued Sunday. “We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board and stand ready to support the Ethiopian Airlines team. A Boeing technical team will be traveling to the crash site to provide technical assistance under the direction of the Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.”
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