Boeing 737 Max 8 planes grounded after Ethiopian crash

By Meg Wagner, Brian Ries, Veronica Rocha and Ben Westcott, CNN

Updated 7:03 AM ET, Thu March 14, 2019
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3:33 p.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Here's where Boeing 737 Max 8 planes have been grounded

The US is the latest country to ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 jets, joining a list of more than 40 countries that have done so.

Here's a look at where the jets are grounded:

3:10 p.m. ET, March 13, 2019

This map shows all the 737 Max flights currently over US airspace


Approximately 30 Boeing 737 Max airplanes were traveling in US airspace at the moment President Trump announced that they would, upon reaching their destinations, be grounded.

The above map, tweeted by Flightradar24, shows where they are located.

3:03 p.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Boeing says it will tell the FAA to ground its 737 Max planes "out of an abundance of caution"

After nearly every country in the world determined that Boeing's 737 Max airplane should be kept on the ground, Boeing finally relented on Wednesday afternoon and said, in a statement, that it would tell the FAA to ground its entire fleet.

It cited no additional findings or data, rather said the plane should be suspended "out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft’s safety."

"We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution. Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building airplanes; and it always will be," Dennis Muilenburg, president of Boeing, said.

Boeing, the company said, makes this recommendation and supports the decision by the FAA.

2:57 p.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Trump says he worked with Canada and other countries in grounding 737 Max planes

From CNN’s Kevin Liptak

President Trump said he spoke with a number of airlines as well, including American Airlines, before grounding the Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

He said he also worked closely with Canada and other countries. Trump said this was the best decision, “psychologically and in other ways.”

He said the FAA will be making an announcement within half an hour.

2:36 p.m. ET, March 13, 2019

NOW: Trump announces US will order Boeing 737 Max 8s and 9s grounded

President Trump, speaking Wednesday afternoon at the White House, announced that the US would be issuing an "emergency order to ground all 737 Max 8 and the 737 Max 9, and planes associated with that line."

He added that both the FAA and Boeing were "in agreement with the action," and any planes currently in the air would continue to their destination where they will be grounded.

"Pilots have been notified, airlines have been all notified. Airlines are agreeing with this. The safety of the American people and all people is our paramount concern," the President said.

Watch Trump's announcement:

2:30 p.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Air Canada warns of delays as it scrambles to rebook customers after 737 Max is grounded

Air Canada, until this afternoon was one of a few carriers still flying the Boeing 737 Max, said it would follow Transport Canada's safety notice that bans the plane from Canadian airspace and work to rebook its passengers on other available aircraft.

However, due to the size of its operation, customers should expect delays.

"Air Canada's cancellation and rebooking policies are in place with full fee waiver for affected customers. We are working to rebook impacted customers as soon as possible but given the magnitude of our 737 MAX operations which on average carry nine to twelve thousand customers per day, customers can expect delays in rebooking and in reaching Air Canada call centres and we appreciate our customers' patience."

On Twitter, the airline added that anyone currently onboard a 737 Max can expect to continue to their destination.

2:01 p.m. ET, March 13, 2019

FAA still believes the 737 Max is working like it should

From CNN's Greg Wallace

Despite the actions of other aviation regulators worldwide, the Federal Aviation Administration sees no need to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 fleet at this point because it believes the aircraft is operating as intended, according to a person familiar with the FAA deliberations. 

“All of the data available tells us this airplane is performing to its certifications,” said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the non-public deliberations. 

The source continued:

“We know that the airplane was designed to meet the strongest certification standards in the world, and we know that we have several hundred thousand successful and safe flights in the US ... And we also know what happened in the Lion Air accident, and we know how to avoid that happening again. The big question becomes what happened this time — was it the same thing or was it something different.” 

One note: The person spoke before Canadian authorities announced they had reviewed new tracking data and would ground the Max series.  

The person's comments clarified and echoed the statement from FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell Tuesday evening. He said the FAA’s “review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft.” 

Elsell also said the agency would take “immediate and appropriate action” if it learns new information.  

12:54 p.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Watch Boeing's Max 8s drop off the map as countries around the world grounded them

A video animation created from Flightradar24 shows how Boeing Max 8 airplanes were grounded around the world in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines disaster.

12:21 p.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Trump, Boeing ties scrutinized as FAA stands nearly alone in support of Max 8

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg speaks during a round table discussion with President Donald Trump following a tour of the Boeing Company in St. Louis, Missouri on March 14, 2018.
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg speaks during a round table discussion with President Donald Trump following a tour of the Boeing Company in St. Louis, Missouri on March 14, 2018. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

A global grounding of Boeing's 737 Max 8 airliner is drawing new attention to the close ties between the manufacturer and the Trump administration, which so far is refusing calls to join every other country in suspending use of the plane in the United States.

President Donald Trump has touted Boeing sales across the globe -- including two weeks ago in Vietnam -- and has cultivated close relationships with the company's executives. His acting defense secretary served atop the company for more than three decades, including as the newly scrutinized planes were being developed. The company has spent millions over the past years lobbying decision-makers in Washington.

Now, as Boeing faces crumbling public confidence in one of its marquee products, those ties are being viewed in a new light. Even under increasing pressure from airline labor groups and lawmakers to take the planes out of use, the administration maintains the 737 Max 8 model remains safe to fly.

Trump spoke by phone Tuesday with CEO Dennis Muilenburg, who assured him the 737 Max 8 was safe, despite two recent crashes. Hours after the call -- which was scheduled after a crash in Ethiopia killed 157 people -- the Federal Aviation Administration said it remained confident in the planes, even as governments across Europe and Asia grounded them.

"Thus far, our review shows no systematic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft. Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action," the agency said.

Helmed by an acting administrator for more than a year, the FAA finds itself the focus of congressional and public scrutiny for its role in inspecting and ensuring the safety of Boeing airplanes. Some US pilots who fly the Boeing 737 Max registered complaints about the way the jet has performed in flight, according to a federal database accessed by CNN.

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