Just a week after the bloody Ethiopian Airline accident that killed 157 passengers and crews, the United States (US) aviation authority has announced that Boeing 737 Max 8 is now grounded until May.
US joined the long list of countries banning the said model to its airspace because of the doubtful security features following the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crash in Indonesia.
All Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft will remain grounded at least until May after the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday, says US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The aircraft will not fly until a software update can be tested and installed, the US regulator said.
Sunday’s crash, shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, killed 157 people from 35 nations.
It was the second crash involving a 737 Max in six months.
It can be recalled that last October 2018, similar accident were recorded in Indonesia’s Lion Air jet that killed 189 people.
US Representative Rick Larsen said the software upgrade would take a few weeks to complete, and installing it on all the aircraft would take “at least through April”.
The FAA said on Wednesday that a software fix for the 737 Max that Boeing had been working on since the Lion Air crash would take months to complete.
Meanwhile, investigators in France have taken charge of the crashed Ethiopian Airlines aircraft’s black boxes as they attempt to uncover what caused the Boeing 737 Max disaster.