The horrible news was reported over the weekend that a plane carrying 157 people crashed shortly after takeoff. Tragically, everyone on the flight, including 149 passengers and 8 crew members, were killed.
The flight on Ethiopian Airlines had left Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, just before the crash. The plane was a Boeing 737 Max 8.
Following the sad incident, President Trump announced that the United States would ground all 737 Max models until more information was released. According to the New York Times, more than 40 countries banned flights from the aircraft as well.
According to the NY Times, the Max 8 and Max 9 models “are among the best-selling commercial jetliners manufactured by Boeing.”
Following President Trump’s decision to ground all Boeing 737 Max planes, the company released a statement.
They said, “Boeing continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max. We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution.”
Earlier in the week, Boeing revealed that they were working on a software fix for the 737 Max aircraft. They said that they are hoping all planes are fixed by April. CNN reported that the software update was originally supposed to take place by January, but that there were “differences of opinion about technical and engineering issues” between Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration.
What do you think about the U.S. governments decision to ground all of these models of planes? Let us know, and please continue praying for the families of those who were killed in the plane crash. In other recent news, an official death certificate was just released for actor Luke Perry.