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FAA orders the temporary grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft
13 March 2019

The FAA is ordering the temporary grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by U.S. airlines or in U.S. territory.

Worldwide concerns over the observed similarities between two recent fatal Boeing 737 MAX accidents (Lion Air 601 and Ethiopian 302) led several countries and airlines to ground the aircraft on March 11 and March 12, 2019.

The FAA states that it received newly refined ADS-B satellite data on the morning of March 13. On the same day, the FAA was notified of “new information from the wreckage concerning the aircraft’s configuration just after takeoff that.” These pieces of evidence led the FAA to decide to issue an Emergency Order for the temporary grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX.

The grounding will remain in effect pending further investigation, including examination of information from the aircraft’s flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders.