Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Crash Updates

A statement released by the FAA regarding the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash says:

An FAA team is on-site with the NTSB in its investigation of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. We are collecting data and keeping in contact with international civil aviation authorities as information becomes available. Today, the FAA will issue a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC) for Boeing 737 MAZX operators. The FAA continuously assesses and oversees the safety performance of aircraft. If we identify an issue that affects safety, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action.

Meanwhile, both the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder for the flight was found. A number of airlines have suspended operation of the 737 MAX in the wake of the accident. The South African-based airline Comair joined Ethiopian, Cayman Airways, and the countries of Indonesia and China in grounding their 737 MAX fleets.

About nine airlines worldwide, including two U. S. Airlines American and Southwest, continue to operate the aircraft and American Airlines issued this statement:

“We have full confidence in the aircraft and our crew members, who are the best and most experienced in the industry,” a statement by American Airlines said. “American Airlines extends our condolences to the families and friends of those onboard Ethiopian Airlines flight 302. At this time there are no facts on the cause of the accident other than news reports,” the statement went on to add.

Boeing has issue dthis statement: Boeing is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 airplane. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board and stand ready to support the Ethiopian Airlines team. A Boeing technical team will be travelling to the crash site to provide technical assistance under the direction of the Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.

And then Boeing issue this statement: “The investigation is in its early stages, but at this point, based on the information available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators,” Charlie Miller, Boeing’s vice president of communications. “We have engaged our customers and regulators on concerns they may have – and would refer you to them to discuss their operations and decisions. Safety is our number one priority and we are taking every measure to fully understand all aspects of this accident, working closely with the investigating team and all regulatory authorities involved. The investigation is in its early stages, but at this point, based on the information available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators.”

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