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Tue Mar 12, 2019, 06:04 PM

FAA Faces Stunning Rebuff as World Races Ahead to Ground 737 Max

•U.K., Europe ground the Max while FAA allows plane to fly
•Boeing’s new plane has had two fatal crashes in five months

By Alan Levin and Julie Johnsson
March 12, 2019, 2:02 PM EDT

Since shortly after the dawn of the jet age, the world has followed the U.S.’s lead on aviation safety.

Now, in a remarkable rebuke, nations from the U.K. to Australia have rejected public reassurances from the Federal Aviation Administration and grounded Boeing Co.’s 737 Max jet. They’ve not only told their carriers not to fly the jets, they have in some cases prohibited the plane from flying through their airspace.

“I’m watching this unfold with an element of astonishment and bemusement,” said Sandy Morris, an aerospace analyst at Jefferies International in London. “What we’re looking at here is almost a rebellion against the FAA. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen this happen.”

Within hours of the FAA issuing a global notice of “continued airworthiness” on Monday, nation after nation declared a halt to flights of the plane. They include Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, the U.K., France, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Ireland and the Netherlands. The European Union Aviation Regulator announced its own suspension of flights later Tuesday.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 06:27 PM

1. I have many friends that are pilots for Southwest Airlines.

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Several of them fly the 737 Max - none of them have a single concern about the aircraft.
They most definitely are aware of the possible MCAS AOA problem but feel totally comfortable in handling the aircraft if the MCAS failed - in fact, they train for it in the sim.
I'm sure we will find out soon what the actual problems were that caused those last two Max crashes.

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Tue Mar 12, 2019, 06:33 PM

2. Shocker...a bunch of airbus supporting nations jump on opportunity to ground the competition...LOL!

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Tue Mar 12, 2019, 06:42 PM

3. U.K. and Europe allow unqualified pilots from Third World countries

fly in their airspace. The U.S., not so much. That's why the FAA hasn't grounded the plane.

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