Canada closes airspace to Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft following Ethiopia crash

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Boeing stock dropped more than 2% in trading Wednesday afternoon after President Trump ordered the grounding of the 737 Max aircraft.

But the pilot had reported difficulties and asked to return to Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Airlines has said.

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that the FAA would order the immediate grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft in the USA, a decision that comes after days of mounting pressure from other countries that left the U.S.as one of the last to make the call after a deadly crash in Ethiopia. "We can't do it", said Germout Freitag, a spokesman for Germany's Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU).

Trump said "Boeing is an incredible company", but added "the safety of all people is our parament concern".

Eight flights out of Orlando International Airport were scheduled Thursday on 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft, carrying about 1,400 passengers, said Kaplan, citing information from aviation data company Diio. Authorities in France and Britain said they had not been approached yet.

Countries around the world have grounded the 737 Max jets or banned them from flying over their airspace since the Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed soon after taking off from Addis Ababa on Sunday.

The still unexplained crash followed another involving a Boeing 737 Max in Indonesia five months ago that killed 189 people. According to a preliminary investigation by Indonesia's airport authority, the plane's sensors were showing incorrect speed and altitude readings during another flight hours before the disaster.

Many nations in the world had already barred the Boeing 737 Max 8 from its airspace, but until now, the Federal Aviation Administration had been saying that it didn't have any data to show the jets are unsafe.

After the Boeing 737 Max's deadly crash on Sunday-its second within six months-the European Union and several other countries grounded the model.

Even so, grounding the aircraft won't cripple air travel in Orlando or across the US, said aviation journalist Seth Kaplan.

Shortly afterwards Mr Trump took the decision to halt flights on the Boeing model.

The Trump administration had continued to resist growing domestic and worldwide calls to ground the 737 Max 8, even as Trump discussed the issue Tuesday in a phone call with Muilenburg.

More than a dozen relatives of those who perished paid respects on Wednesday at the rural crash site where Flight ET 302 came down in a fireball.

Norwegian Air said it would seek recompense for lost revenue and extra costs after grounding its 737 Max aircraft. In certain circumstances, the planes' systems try to tilt their noses down, contrary to the efforts of pilots - a pattern that was seen in both flights before they crashed, he said.

In a statement Wednesday, before the order from Transport Canada, Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said the airline has a "flexible rebooking policy" that includes options to change flights to another aircraft if space permits, but wouldn't indicate if that comes with a fee.

Shortly after, and possibly because, details of that telephone conversation surfaced, and with Canada bringing down the ban hammer, the FAA was allowed to ground 737 Maxes.

"We discussed the departure at length and I reviewed in my mind our automation setup and flight profile but can't think of any reason the aircraft would pitch nose down so aggressively,"one pilot said".

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