Boeing faces crisis of trust after Ethiopia Airlines crash
US President Donald Trump speaks about the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max by the FAA March 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photos: VCG)
US President Trump said on Wednesday the Federal Aviation Administration would ground Boeing Co.’s fleet of 737 MAX airliners after agency officials said new data indicated last weekend’s deadly crash in Ethiopia in some ways resembled another recent tragedy involving the same plane model.
(Screenshot from the official website of the FAA)
当地时间3月13日，美国总统特朗普宣布，在美国境内停飞全部波音737 MAX 8和737 MAX9两款机型。美国联邦航空管理局(FAA) 称，该决定是基于对搜集的数据以及坠机事故现场发现的新证据进行的分析。空管局官员称，新的数据显示，上周日埃塞俄比亚航空发生的坠机事故在某种程度上与另一起涉及同一型号飞机的悲剧存在相似之处。
Since China's decision to ground its Boeing Max jets on Monday, more and more countries around the world have banned the use of Boeing 737 Max planes inside their airspace.
In total, 50 countries have now grounded or banned the controversial Max 8 models which were involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash Sunday.
本月10号，埃塞俄比亚航空公司的一架波音737-8型号飞机（属于737 MAX系列）在起飞不久后坠毁，机上157人全部遇难。此后，波音737 MAX系列型号飞机的安全性能再次受到质疑。在中国率先宣布禁飞波音737 MAX系列型号飞机后，目前，包括英国、澳大利亚、新加坡、马来西亚、阿联酋、泰国、希腊、加拿大在内的50个国家和地区也已经发出禁飞令。
File photo of Democrat Peter DeFazio
The chairman of the US House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Democrat Peter DeFazio, called for a probe into why the 737 Max received certification to fly.
“There must be a rigorous investigation into why the aircraft, which has critical safety systems that did not exist on prior models, was certified without requiring additional pilot training,” he said.
美国众议院交通和基础设施委员会主席彼得·德法齐奥呼吁调查该机型是如何取得飞行许可的。众议院交通和基础设施委员会将调查波音737 MAX 系列飞机为什么在其新的安全系统未经额外的飞行员测试的情况下就获得了认证。
The company logo and trading informations for Boeing is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., March 13, 2019.
Shares of Boeing (BA) fell 3 percent immediately after President Donald Trump announced the move from the White House.
The shares then rebounded in a sign that the grounding had been largely priced in to Boeing's stock. But even after ending Wednesday slightly higher, the stock is still down more than 10 percent since the crash, wiping more than $25 billion off the company's market value.
File photo of Norwegian Air aircraft
European discount carrier Norwegian Air is seeking compensation from Boeing for its grounded fleet of 737 Max 8 jets.
Norwegian is the first airline to say publicly it will demand that Boeing pay for lost flight time. It is expected other airlines will follow suit.
The Boeing 737 MAX is the fastest-selling plane in company history. Now two of the planes have crashed since October.
A new Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 went down minutes into a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. That followed the October crash of a new Lion Air jet of the same model in Indonesia, which killed 189 people shortly after takeoff from Jakarta.