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FAA: No need to suspend Boeing 737 Max Jets

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says there is no need to ground Boeing 737 Jets following the fatal Ethiopian Airline plane crash on Sunday, 10 March 2019.

This after a Boeing 737 Jet flying for the Ethiopian Airline crashed just eight minutes after taking off in Addis Ababa. The FAA of the United States, responsible for regulating all aspects of civil aviation, says there is no need to ground the airplanes, although they have been involved in two deadly crashes over the last five months.

In October 2018, a Lion Air Jet of the same model crashed in Indonesia, killing 189 people. More recently, a Boeing 737 crashed in Ethiopia, killing 157 people.

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FAA Chief Daniel Elwell has given assurance that the plane is safe and reliable for flight. “Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft,” he said in a statement on Tuesday, 12 March 2019.

Despite the giant’s reassurance, the European Union, Britain, India and China have chosen to either ground the plane or ban it from their airspaces until results from the investigation into the recent crash have been released.

The families of the victims of the Ethiopian Airline plane crash will have to wait at least five days before the remains of their loved ones can be released to them.

“The process of identifying the victims will take at least five days,” said Ethiopian Airlines spokesperson Asrat Begashaw on Tuesday.

An industry expert said that due to the gravity of the fire, some of the remains could take weeks or months to identify as it would need to be done via dental records or DNA. Families will be notified duly.

Abenathi Gqomo
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