U.S. & Canada Ground Boeing 737 Max 8s After Fatal Ethiopian Crash

March 14, 2019

In the wake of a crash involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft that killed 157 people in Ethiopia earlier this week, both the U.S. and Canada have grounded Max 8 jets until further notice. As the AP notes, in both the Ethiopia crash and a similarly tragic accident involving a Lion Air jet in Indonesia, the Max 8's computer system apparently sent each plane into an automatic nosedive shortly after takeoff when it mistakenly determined that they were flying too high. In announcing his decision to ground both the Max 8 and Max 9 models, President Trump was careful to note, “Boeing is an incredible company. They are working very, very hard right now and hopefully they’ll quickly come up with an answer.”