Boeing insists on 737 Max safety amid widespread groundings
JAKARTA — Boeing is insisting that its 737 Max planes are safe, despite the increasing number of countries that are prohibiting them from flying, following an Ethiopian Airlines crash in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday.
Among the countries that have grounded the aircraft are Australia, France, Germany, China, South Korea, Indonesia and Singapore.
“Safety is Boeing’s number one priority and we have full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max,” said Boeing in a statement issued on boeing.mediaroom.com on Tuesday.
The company said it understood the decisions made by the transportation authorities of several countries and airlines to ground the planes, saying they know they are acting in the interests of their home markets.
“We’ll continue to engage with them to ensure they have the information needed to have confidence in operating their fleets,” the statement says.
Boeing also noted that the United States Federal Aviation Administration was not mandating any further action. It said that based on the available information, the company did not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators.
Sunday’s crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 that killed all the people on board, was the second accident involving the aircraft recently. Five months ago on Oct. 28, 2018, Lion Air flight JT 610 crashed into the Java Sea.
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