Ethiopian Airlines Crash Updates: Pilots in U.S. Had Raised Concerns About Boeing 737 Max 8 – The New York Times

Boeing has said the planes are safe to fly, but has pledged to upgrade their software and improve pilot training.

Sunwing, a Canadian carrier, said on Tuesday that it was temporarily grounding its four Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft even though Canada’s government, like that of the United States, has not ordered the move.

In a statement, the company said the step was “unrelated to safety.” Instead, the airline said, the move was prompted by growing airspace bans by countries and “evolving commercial reasons.”

The European Union on Tuesday joined the governments of the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Singapore and other countries in suspending all Max 8 flights into or out of their airports. At least 34 airlines have now grounded the model, which means roughly two-thirds of the Max 8 planes in operation are now idled.

The Federal Aviation Administration in the United States has resisted pressure to ground the Max 8.

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While regulators in much of the world have ordered temporary groundings of the Boeing 737 Max 8 as a precautionary measure, the United Nations civil aviation agency said it would await definitive findings about what went wrong on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.

“Once the final report into this accident is available we will have verified and official causes and recommendations to consider,” the agency, the International Civil Aviation Organization, said in a statement on Tuesday.


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