Trump orders Boeing 737s Max 8, Max 9 grounded

Trump orders Boeing 737s Max 8, Max 9 grounded

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A promotional photo of Boeing's 737 Max aircraft. Courtesy: Boeing
A promotional photo of Boeing's 737 Max aircraft. (Courtesy: Boeing)

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration is grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 flights following Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash.

“We’re going to be issuing an emergency order of prohibition,” Trump said during an unrelated roundtable on drug trafficking Wednesday. “Any plane currently in the air will go to its destination and thereafter be grounded.”

Trump said he had spoken with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, whom the president said agreed with the decision.

Boeing has since released a statement supporting the order.

Boeing 737 Max 8s have been involved in two crashes in less than six months.

The FAA is expected to provide additional details Wednesday afternoon surrounding Sunday’s crash, but Trump said that Boeing has not yet identified the issue with the model.

Sunday’s crash, which killed 157, prompted aviation regulators from across the world to order the planes grounded.

Trump said choosing to join other countries was a “very tough decision.”

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