US refuses to ground Boeing following crash that killed 2 Nigerians

US refuses to ground Boeing following crash that killed 2 Nigerians

- Against all calls by senators and unions to ground the Boeing 737 airplane, the US Federal Aviation Authority has said it will not suspend it

- The aviation authority said that no union had sent it data to support the suspension of the aircraft

- Following Sunday's deadly crash, many countries like the UK, China, the European Union and Australia have stopped the service of the plane

The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has said that it will not ground the Boeing 737 airplane in spite of the pressure from senators and various workers’ unions to do so.

The aviation authority said there was no reason to suspend the service of the Boeing aircraft in its review which said there are “no systemic performance issues”, BBC News reports.

The Ethiopian Airlines plane which crashed on Sunday, March 10, killed all the 157 people that were on board, which was the second accident that would be involving the Boeing aircraft model in five months.

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Following the recent crash, many countries like the UK, China, the European Union and Australia have stopped the service of the plane from their airspace.

Ted Cruz, a Republican senator, did not agree with the aviation authority, saying it will be wise for the US to ground the plane even if it is temporarily.

He said: “I believe it would be prudent for the US likewise to temporarily ground 737 Max aircraft until the FAA confirms the safety of these aircraft and their passengers."

Other senators like Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal also commented on the issue by saying that the plane should be grounded until FAA can confidently assure of the flight safety of the airplane.

Mitt Romney, another Republican senator also agreed with other senators that the plane should be suspended from working, saying the causes of the recent crashes of the plan need to be properly looked into.

He said: "Out of an abundance of caution for the flying public, the FAA should ground the 737 Max 8 until we investigate the causes of recent crashes and ensure the plane's airworthiness."

However, the aviation authority said that no union or authorities have given it any data that would serve as a basis to suspend the plane.

The Boeing company also said that it had in recent months been working on developing a control system software, and said it is confident about the safety of their aircraft to fly.

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Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that as the United Kingdom (UK) joined countries that had placed ban on Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes following the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash disaster, two Boeing jets, belonging to Turkish Airlines, heading for Britain were forced to turn around mid-air.

It was gathered that the aircraft were bound from Istanbul airport to Birmingham and Gatwick.

Legit.ng also reported that the aircraft had taken off ahead of the Civil Aviation Authority ban on the MAX variant in UK airspace, which was announced shortly after 1pm UK time.

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