Grounding of Boeing 737s Impacts Flights Out of Logan and Providence
Boston, MA– Flights out of Boston’s Logan Airport and Providence’s T.F. Green International Airport have been affected by international groundings of Boeing 737 aircraft. 15 flights departing from Logan Airport on Thursday March 14 were cancelled on airlines including Southwest, United, and American, according to WBZ NewsRadio. Providence’s T. F. Green had several flights cancelled on Delta and Norwegian Air. Norwegian cancelled its 737 flights before the U.S. made its official decision to ground all of the aircraft.
Yesterday President Trump ordered the grounding of all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Boeing 737 Max 9 airplanes in the U.S. due to concerns about the safety of the aircraft following the second crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 in the last six months. In total, these aircraft flew about 280 domestic flights per day in the U.S.
The U.S. was slow to follow other countries in grounding the planes, and interestingly, the decision to do so came from the White House rather than the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA has been criticized by politicians including Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for its hesitance to take action. The FAA had said that it did not believe there was sufficient evidence to ground the planes in a statement on Tuesday March 12: “Our review shows no systemic 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 FAA has since given its support to the grounding of the 737s, citing additional evidence found at the site of the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
The most recent crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 happened earlier this week on Sunday March 10 in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people onboard, including eight Americans. Six months ago on October 29, 2018, an Indonesian Lion Air flight crashed into the ocean. It is believed that the crash was caused by a safety feature unique to the Boeing 737 model which auto-corrects the angle of the plane’s nose when it detects that it is pointed too high. However, this automated system may have been generating faulty data, which caused the plane’s nose to dip in error. Pilots were unable to override the system.
CNN is keeping a running list of which airlines and countries have grounded Boeing 737 planes. Make sure to check your flight before heading to the airport in case it has been cancelled while airlines source a different aircraft.
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