Three flights canceled by FAA order to ground Boeing's 737 MAX planes

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Southwest Airlines said its 34 Max 8 aircraft account for less than 5 percent of daily flights.

Garneau said the tracking data showed each of the planes that crashed seemed to be on a roller-coaster ride after it took off, rather than making a steady ascent into the sky, before diving at the ground. "What we can say is we don't have the capability to probe it here in Ethiopia". It's quite obvious that we will not take the cost related to the new aircraft that we have to park temporarily.

It crashed 30 miles southeast of the airport, approximately six minutes into its two-hour flight, near the town of Bishoftu. All that mattered was the departure time, seat assignment and fare. This statement from the FAA comes after the fatal crash in Ethiopia.

"The pilot reported flight control problems and requested to turn back".

Flightradar24, an air traffic monitor, said the plane's "vertical speed was unstable after take-off".

"After the Lion Air crash, questions were raised, so Boeing sent further instructions that it said pilots should know".

The flight recorders were recovered quite early from the sunken wreckage past year, although the final report is yet to be finalised and released.

'We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again'.

Since the Indonesia crash, there has been attention on an automated anti-stall system that dips the aircraft's nose down. Aviation experts say other technical issues or human error can not be discounted. However, German authorities said they would not conduct the decoding.

The MCAS, which stands for Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System, is created to prevent the plane stalling when making steep turns under manual control.

The company confirmed it had for several months "been developing a flight control software enhancement for the 737 MAX, created to make an already safe aircraft even safer".

The system continues to repeat the process if the computer detects the plane is still tilted at a too-high angle.

And this week, anonymous reports by pilots filed to NASA revealed that MAX 8 jets suffered sudden nose dives in two seperate incidents in 2018. The group includes the Max 7, 8, 9 and 10 models.

According to Axios, Boeing builds more than two dozen 737 Max aircraft each month at its Renton, Washington, factory and has already secured more than 4,700 orders for them.

Countries around the world have grounded Boeing Max 8 flights. They have been in commercial use since 2017.

The safety notice will ground all Boeing Max 8s flown by Canadian airlines, including 24 jets belonging to Air Canada, 13 to WestJet Airlines Ltd. and four to Sunwing Airlines.

"Ninety-nine percent of the flying public doesn't pay attention to the kind of aircraft", said Madhu Unnikrishnan, editor of Skift, an airline industry publication. Individual airlines have also suspended operations, such as Cayman Airways, Royal Air Maroc and Icelandair.

The US decision on Wednesday to ground the Boeing 737 MAX came after authorities noted similarities between two recent crashes, eerily echoing reports from American pilots who complained of problems with the plane late past year.

On Tuesday, airline pilots on at least two US flights also said an automated system on their Boeing 737 Max planes seemed to cause their planes to tilt down suddenly.

"Southwest Airlines is immediately complying with today's FAA requirement for all USA airlines to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8", the airline said in a statement on its website Wednesday afternoon.

Air Canada flights from Halifax and St. John's to London's Heathrow Airport have been cancelled following Transport Canada's announcement that all Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets are banned from the country's airspace.

Schwieterman said he hoped there might be an option for the grounding to be done in a "phased approach", over a period of weeks, for example.