Lebanon Closes Airspace to Boeing 737 MAX, Says Civil Aviation

Posted March 15, 2019

Canadian travellers and airlines are in for a turbulent ride after Canada and the US announced a ban on all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from Canadian airspace due to safety concerns.

On Wednesday, the US President Donald Trump ordered the FAA to ground all 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft, citing safety concerns. The announcement landed hours before American authorities made a decision to follow suit, and the company itself recommended the global fleet of 371 planes be grounded "out of an abundance of caution".

The decision comes following new satellite tracking information received by Canadian officials. "They're aware of it and the reasons for it and similarly they let us know when they have a difference of opinion". Many passengers in the USA have been checking to see if they're booked on a Boeing 737 Max, and seeking to switch flights if so. The decision to send the recorders to France was seen as a rebuke to the United States, which held out longer than most other countries in grounding the jets.

The Ethiopian Airlines crash killed all 157 people on board, less than five months after a Lion Air 737 Max jet plunged into the Java Sea.

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Should Boeing 737 Max planes be grounded globally? Two Israelis were killed in the crash, and members of an emergency response team from the country said they are frustrated because they have not been able to access the crash site. The cause of the Ethiopian Airlines plane is under investigation.

Currently, Canadian airlines that use the aircraft are Air Canada, West Jet, and Sunwing, however, Sunwing grounded all their models this morning.

"Air Canada's cancellation and rebooking policies are in place with full fee waiver for affected customers", the airline said.

"Canada and the US were sitting there, pariahs in the environment, and I think that Canada basically had to stand up to the data that it has", Gradek said. The similarities suggested something similar was possible with the latest flight, he said.

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Data and voice recorders recovered from the crash site in Ethiopia will be sent to Europe for analysis.

The FAA said on Wednesday a software upgrade being worked on following the Lion Air crash would take months to complete. "That's what we want to get to the bottom of".

"On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our heartfelt condolences to those who have lost family, friends, and loved ones as a result of this tragedy", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday. Eastern time to include additional information and quotes from Garneau, Air Canada, the pilots association and the flight attendants union.

Trudeau offered Canada's assistance with the aftermath, his office said.

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With files from the Canadian Press.