Trump says FAA will ground Boeing 737 Max 8, 737 Max 9 planes following deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash

President Trump grounds all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 planesPresident Trump said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will announce later Wednesday the grounding of two Boeing 737 Max jets, one model of which was involved in the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people.

Speaking at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, Trump said both the Boeing 737 Max 8 and 737 Max 9 models will be “grounded upon landing” at their destinations. He said that both pilots and airlines have been notified.

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“Any plane currently in the air will go to its destination and thereafter be grounded until further notice,” Trump told reporters. “The safety of the American people, and all people, is our paramount concern.”

 

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According to Fox News saying The news comes after Canada’s transport minister earlier Wednesday announced the country would be barring the Max 8 jet from its airspace, saying satellite tracking data shows possible but unproven similarities between the Ethiopian Airliner crash and a previous crash involving the model five months ago.

The president said that the U.S. worked in conjunction with Canada to make the decision to ground the planes. He added that his administration is also working closely with Boeing and other countries on the matter.

“Boeing is an incredible company,” Trump said. “They are working very, very hard right now, and hopefully they’ll very quickly come up with the answer.”

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Boeing in a statement said the company “continues to have full confidence of the safety of the 737 MAX.”

However, Boeing added that “out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft’s safety,” they are supporting “the temporary suspension of operations of the entire global fleet of 371 737 MAX aircraft.”

“We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution. Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building airplanes; and it always will be,” the statement continued. “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.”

Airlines in other countries around the world, including Ethiopia, China, Indonesia and elsewhere, grounded the jetliner on Monday.

 

Don’t approve B737-Max in Nigeria, stakeholders caution NCAA

Following the suspension of the use of Boeing 737-Max by some countries, experts have asked the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to prevent the aircraft from operating in the country until concerns about it are addressed.

Aviation Analyst, Mr Olumide Ohunayo, told our correspondent on Tuesday that other regulatory agencies globally had taken decisions on the aircraft and the NCAA should do same.

“I will advise the NCAA not to allow the B737-Max to come into Nigeria until the issues around it are cleared.  The statement by Boeing that it is upgrading the safety of the aircraft has triggered other regulatory bodies around the world to take action,” he said.

While describing the incident as unfortunate, considering Ethiopian Airlines’ safety record, Ohunayo said the reaction of the world should encourage the Nigerian aviation stakeholders to pay more attention to the industry.

He said, “With the quality of passengers onboard the flight and their diverse nationality, the world is reacting. The lesson for us as a nation is that we need to begin to propel our airline to that strength whereby organisations will be able to stand for us. We must be able to build that same business confidence in the international community.

“If what had happened had been a Nigerian carrier, we may not get the reaction from the global aviation community; they would probably be looking at our regulations and the personnel of the airline, trying to hang the fault on the airline.

“But on the other way round, the world is rallying around Ethiopia Airlines believing that it is the equipment, not the airline because of its safety records with the biggest fleet and operations in Africa.”

The President, Aviation Roundtable Initiative, Mr Gbenga Olowo, said the crash of the aircraft, being the second within five months and coming on the heels of the crash in Indonesia of the same type of aircraft, the safety of the equipment had come under scrutiny.

He said, “These series of fatal accidents call to question the safety in the design of the Max 8 series by the manufacturer and its certification to fly by the US Federal Aviation Administration, the safety regulatory authority in the country of manufacturing. Curiously, there had been no reported case of such fatal accidents of the aircraft in the US since the aircraft came into operations.

“While we condole with the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate accidents, we call on Boeing, the US FAA and International Civil Aviation Organisation to jointly consider these recurring fatal accidents on the B737-Max that have collectively claimed about 350 lives of air travellers within five months as a calamity to the global travelling community.”

He stated that the aviation regulatory bodies should demand that the aircraft be temporarily grounded from commercial operations.

“We noted that some countries including China, Indonesia, Ethiopia and Mexico, among others, have grounded the B737-Max fleet pending the determination of the cause of the incessant crashes. ART is very hopeful that these global aviation bodies would respond promptly to the demand that the Boeing 737-Max 8 New Generation be suspended from commercial operations,” he said.

Aviation analyst, Mr Chris Aligbe, however, stated that no decision could be taken now until the analysis of the black box had been concluded.

“There is no reason for us as a country to worry now until we know the cause of the accident. It is Boeing that should be more concerned about the recent incidences,” he said

Controversial over Boeing 737-Max 8; NCAA says ‘the Aircraft not in operation in Nigeria yet’

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Following the crash of an Ethiopian Airline Boeing 737 -Max 8 on Sunday 10th March, 2019, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has allayed the fears in the minds of the flying public in the country that such aircraft is not in operation in the nation’s airspace.

While assuring the flying public of their safety, the aviation authority stated that there was no cause for alarm and was monitoring development and taking the necessary steps to enhance the safety of all aircraft in operation within the Nigerian airspace.

‘’The Authority, in line with its Safety Oversight mandate enshrined in the Civil Aviation Act 2006, is consciously monitoring the development (s) with a view to take the necessary steps that will enhance the safety of all aircraft in operation within the Nigerian airspace.

‘’This is to assure the public that NCAA will continue to ensure that safety regulations are strictly adhere to for the safety of all in Nigeria,’’ noted NCAA.

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It All the passengers aboard the Ethiopian aircraft were killed. Some countries around the world have grounded the aircraft type, Boeing 737 – Max 8, in their air operations.

The organisation however sympathised with the airline and families of the victims, saying ‘’our heart is with the Airline and families of the victims of the accident.’’

We are waiting for the delivery of B737 MAX 8 aircraft – Air peace spokesman

The Management of Air Peace Airline on Monday, made clarifications on concerns being raised in Nigeria over the acquisition of or ordering for some B737 MAX 8, saying it has only ordered for the aircraft but yet to take delivery of them.

 

In a statement signed by Christian Iwarah, the airline spokesperson, it assured customers that it is monitoring developments on the matter and will only do that which aligns with safety of its passengers.

 

“We have thought it imperative to clarify that Air Peace recently placed a firm order for 10 brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. We are, however, yet to take delivery of the aircraft as we are still at the design and configuration stage of the order.

 

“This clarification has become necessary in view of numerous calls and enquiries on our response to the incidents involving the B737 Max 8 aircraft. Although it is premature to comment  on the incidents, we wish  to assure members of the flying public that we are closely following and monitoring developments on the issue as an airline that prioritises the safety and well-being of our customers.

 

“While we keep engaging with our partners in this regard, we repose implicit confidence in Boeing and aviation authorities to capably and satisfactorily address all the issues if at the conclusion of ongoing investigations it is discovered that the challenge is with the B737 Max 8.

 

“We urge members of the flying public to continue to choose Air Peace as their preferred airline and trust us to always act in their best interest”, the statement said.

 

Bi-Courtney alleges N250b loss on 36-year concession

Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, operators of the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2) has called on stakeholders in the aviation industry to prevail on the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to close the gap in its abysmal management of airport infrastructure.

In a statement issued by the firm’s spokesperson, Eniola Ade-Solanke,BiCourtney alleged that FAAN, through its actions, has consistently breached its obligations in the concession agreement and has caused her huge loss of over N250 billion.

This is coming as the private terminal  operator debunked reports that MMA2’s 12-year term was about to expire and government planning to take over the facility.

The statement said Bi-Courtney remains a key employer of labour in the aviation industry and committed to providing an environment for strong corporate health without fear, pressure or prejudice.

“MMA2’s concession has had to contend with seemingly intractable controversies shortly after the expiration of Obasanjo’s  tenure. While the BASL argues that by the concession agreement, all domestic flights emanating from Lagos airport, including the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) where Arik Air operates from would be handled by the company, the authorities resisted the move,” the statement read.

For over a decade, the BASL and FAAN have engaged in a running battle over the concession. Several court cases, up to 30, were filed and the crises have dragged on. Bi- Courtney also went ahead to invest in regional operations, but up till now, the terminal was never allowed to operate regional flights, even though some of the airlines operating from the terminal fly to Ghana and other West African countries.”

Setting the records straight, Ade-Solanke disclosed that it entered into a concession agreement with the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for the Build, Operate and Transfer of the MMA2 for 36 years, describing the terminal as the most well designed and run terminal in the country operating on very limited revenue.

She stated that the clear provision of the concession agreement between Bi-Courtney and the government upholds the operation of the MMA2 terminal for an undisputed period of 36 years.

She disclosed that since inception, FAAN has not complied with the agreement to handover the GAT which is a property of Bi-Courtney.

Her words, : “The erroneous claims against the Chairman of Bi-Courtney in making frantic efforts in the Presidency to frustrate a takeover of the terminal is not unconnected with purported attempts to stir up a false sense of alarm and acrimony against the concession.”

Insurance claims from crashed Ethiopian airline may hit $60m

Image result for Insurance claims from crashed Ethiopian airline may hit $60mLosses from Boeing  737 Max operated by Ethiopian Airlines which crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa on Sunday has been speculated to be in the region of $50m to $60m, according to a report by reinsurancene.ws.

The airline, which was heading to Nairobi, killed all 157 passengers on board including two Nigerians.

The Nigerian victims were identified as a popular Nigerian-born Canadian professor and writer, Pius Adesanmi, and Ambassador Abiodun Bashua, a former Joint Special Representative for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, Sudan.

Global insurance brokerage and risk management firm, Willis Towers Watson, has announced it is the insurance broker for Ethiopian Airlines, according to a Reuters report.

The announcement was made by a WTW spokeswoman on Monday.

The WTW spokeswoman added that Chubb was the lead underwriter for the Ethiopian Airlines account.

Flight ET302 left Addis Ababa at 8:38 am local time and was bound for Nairobi, Kenya. Contact with the jetliner was lost by 8:44 am, according to Ethiopian Airlines.

The firm’s Chief Executive Officer, Tewolde GebreMariam, said the pilot reported problems shortly after takeoff and was cleared to return to the airport.

According to an insurer, major insurance covers for aircraft are the hull all risks; passenger and passenger baggage legal liability; third party legal liability; and crew personal accident.

The hull all risks indemnify against accidental loss or damage to the aircraft excluding when the aircraft is on the ground, taxing or is moored.