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During time of rapid growth, sorrow for Ethiopian Airlines

14 March 2019

Transport Minister Marc Garneau is grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes in Canada over safety concerns arising from the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight that killed all on board, including 18 Canadians.

However, two fatal crashes in five months have prompted intense scrutiny over the model's control systems.

The airline Corporate Communications Manager, Mr Chris Iwarah, said any decision about cancelling the order would be premature.

"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", the company said.

Boeing has said it has no reason to pull the popular aircraft from the skies and does not intend to issue new recommendations about the aircraft to customers.

Adeel Khamisa said his family's Air Canada flight on a United Airlines-brand Max 8 plane from Montreal to L.A. was full last Saturday.

Meanwhile, passengers in the USA are taking to social media to express their displeasure about potentially flying on Boeing 737 Max planes.

"The pilot was fighting against the computer software, which wanted to drop the nose of the aircraft" and "eventually there was a loss of control", said Garneau, a former astronaut. Southwest, which is locked in a labor dispute with its mechanics, has had far more planes out of service for maintenance than usual in recent months.

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The grounding in China, followed by the Indonesian air safety regulator's order to halt 737 Max flights starting Tuesday, raised the question of whether other countries would follow suit.

He said the multi-million dollar deal signed between Air Peace and the American aircraft manufacturer, The Boeing Company, on September 13, 2018 for the delivery of 10 brand new B737 MAX 800 aircraft, was still on.

Flights between Edinburgh and Oslo today were also cancelled because they were also scheduled to be flown by a Boeing 737 Max.

Jason Scarrotts, a father of two young children, said he was on the phone with Air Canada for 90 minutes before speaking with an agent to rebook their Max 8 flight from Vancouver to Palm Springs, only to be disconnected. Others moved faster after Sunday, when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-8 crashed just after takeoff. The Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, triggered by an erroneous sensor reading, had baffled pilots by pushing the Lion Air plane downward dozens of times before it crashed. The biggest impact could be on future deliveries given Boeing has almost 5,000 more 737 MAXs on order.

"Losing a brother and mother in the same day and not having their bodies to bury is very painful", he said in the Kenyan capital Nairobi where the plane had been due.

The new variant of the world's most-sold modern passenger aircraft was viewed as the likely workhorse for airlines for decades.

Trump said the decision to ground the aircraft "didn't have to be made, but we thought it was the right decision".

A Boeing 737 Max takes part in flyng display during the 52nd Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, June 22, 2017. "I'm sure they'll look at it and see where we go from here", a man said.

During time of rapid growth, sorrow for Ethiopian Airlines