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Does the FAA Need to Ground the Boeing 737 Max 8?

Should the FAA ground the Boeing 737 Max 8?

by Countable | Updated on 3.13.19

Update - March 13, 2019, 2:45pm:

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes that were involved in two recent crashes.

"Those planes are grounded effective immediately," Trump told reporters. "Safety is our paramount concern."

Countable's earlier story appears below.


What’s the story?

  • In the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines crash over the weekend, countries around the world continue to ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft—except for the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration.
  • The FAA is facing growing criticism for backing the jetliner, which was involved in a similar deadly crash in October in Indonesia.

What are people saying?

  • Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, who’s running for president, has called for the U.S. to join the dozens of countries in grounding the aircraft.
“The Boeing 737 Max 8 is a major driver of Boeing profits. In the coming weeks and months, Congress should hold hearings on whether an administration that famously refused to stand up to Saudi Arabia to protect Boeing arms sales has once again put lives at risk for the same reason. But that is a question to be answered another day,” Warren said. “Today, immediately, the FAA needs to get these planes out of the sky.”
  • Another onetime presidential-hopeful, Mitt Romney (R-UT), agreed with his colleague across the aisle.
  • “The right thing to do is just to ground these aircraft, so that the airlines that have them would be able to adjust schedules, and make sure that other aircraft that are not the MAX aircraft that Boeing has,” Romney said.
  • President Donald Trump also took to twitter on Monday to complain that new planes “are becoming far too complex to fly.”
  • Not everyone agrees. Brian Schatz (D-HI), who sits on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said he defers to the FAA.
“It’s worrisome, but we have to defer to our experts,” Schatz said.
  • Boeing reiterated Tuesday that it continued to have faith in its airplanes and saw no reason for a grounding.
“Safety is Boeing’s number one priority and we have full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max. We understand that regulatory agencies and customers have made decisions that they believe are most appropriate for their home markets,” Boeing said. “We’ll continue to engage with them to ensure they have the information needed to have confidence in operating their fleets.”

What do you think?

Should the FAA ground the Boeing 737 Max 8? Should Congress hold hearings, as Warren recommends? Do we need to defer to the “experts” at the FAA, as Schatz advises? Take action above and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • J. scott
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    The FAA and our country got caught flat footed and waited too long. They should have responded immediately out of an abundance of caution and respect for the other regulatory agencies of the other countries — especially since the USA has so few in service. I thought it was a training problem at first and now I believe whatever it is we needed to have pulled out sooner. Trumpster blows it again — also why not rely on his FAA folks to make the announcement whenever it came.

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  • Teresa
    Voted Maybe
    03/13/2019
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    Needs to be based on the evidence not just jumping to hasty decisions.

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  • Loretta
    03/13/2019
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    Finally 45 did one thing he should have done yesterday!

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  • We.are.in.this.together
    Voted No
    03/14/2019
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    Executive over reach. This should not be done via a Trump executive order. He has proven time and again he does not understand any issues. This decision should be left to the FAA, as they understand, monitor, and regulate such things with more expertise than a loud mouthed chest thumper.

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  • Ken
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    Until this question of air worthiness of the 737 Boeing aircraft is investigated thoroughly this aircraft should be grounded throughout the world. Lives have to be given priority over profit. Boeing should not have introduced this aircraft with the idea of “fix as we go” attitude.

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  • Kevin
    Voted Maybe
    03/13/2019
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    There needs to be a review of these incidents and if found that they are caused by faulty equipment then ground them.

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  • Ron
    03/13/2019
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    Given the similarity of the two incidents pointing toward the MCAS, I think it would be advisable until factors in the investigation are brought forth.

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  • Curt
    Voted No
    03/13/2019
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    Brought down by the deep state.

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  • Trent
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    Of course they should. Our current sec of Defense used to work for Boeing. This is the biggest no brainer ever. Our sec def came over from Boeing. I’m sure there is nothing to see here right?

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  • DrCindyBean
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    Ground the plane. Boeing should have done it voluntarily. Or FAA should ground it. Or transportation secretary should ground it. Where are these people?????

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  • Sandra
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    Until this issue is resolved, ground them all....

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  • William
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    While it may be a coincidence it’s still to big of a risk to fly a potentially dangerous plane with passengers. The FAA needs to ground the plane to find if this is just an unfortunate coincidence or if a whole fleet of planes needs to be grounded for the safety of people worldwide.

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  • Stewart
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    I’m confused when did the FAA become a partisan government agency? Of course they should be grounded ignore the criminal in Chief’s ignorant tweets

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  • August
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    The FAA has two mandates. One is to promote the airline industry. The second is protect the flying public. I will give you a hint to which one is emphasized. It is the one everyone in the airline industry says about FAA major ( emergency) changes : Tomb stone management!

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  • John
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    Until this is sorted out and fixed!

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  • Agully
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    They should be grounded until a root cause investigation can be conducted.

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  • Steve
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    It is better to err on the side of caution and be safe.

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  • Stickyfingers
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    When most of the civilized world grounds them, then yes, we should as well.

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  • Phillip
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    Even if the data being produced in US airlines points toward there being an issue but a controllable one, the fact that there have been two hull losses and almost 400 people killed points to the fact that the risk should not have been taken to continue till CERTAINTY exists that it will not crash in a similar way again. The FAA as the safety overseer and regulator of the US air system should have been the first to temporarily ground the models. They seem too cozy with Boeing and the airlines. This was very poorly handled with no concern for other than $$ by Boeing, the airlines and the current government. There are no more than 100 or so of these in the entire US fleet. It would not have hardly impacted by grounding them even if just for few days for tests of all systems even if they did not know definitively the reason for the two crashes.

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  • David
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    Should they? Yes. Will they? Eh. Maybe. That depends on the political fallout. Trump has industry executives running the government oversight offices, so in this case the FAA won’t do anything until the situation becomes too much of a risk to Boeing’s bottom line.

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  • Glowurm
    Voted Yes
    03/13/2019
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    When something this serious happens to an airplane, in the span of just months, damn well should ground these planes. Why take the chance of losing ANY lives? Profit first, eh? That’s our new America under the Dick!

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  • Laura
    Voted Yes
    03/14/2019
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    If it's true that American pilots have been lodging complaints/concerns about this particle plane, and then along with the recent crashes... they absolutely should be grounded until the issue if found and corrections made!

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