Boeing Suspends Deliveries of 737 Max Jets

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The flight data and cockpit voice recorders were recovered from the wreckage of the Ethiopian jet.

Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) has banned all Boeing 737 MAX flights in Russian airspace until further notice, the agency's head Alexander Neradko told reporters.

After last year's Lion Air disaster, Boeing issued guidance to pilots on how to manage the 737-Max's new computer-controlled stability system. Two Israelis were killed in the crash, and members of an emergency response team from the country said they are frustrated because they have not been able to access the crash site.

"There is no capacity here so the black box will be sent elsewhere for analysis".

Several flights at Kelowna International Airport have been either delayed or cancelled as of Wednesday because of a national decision to ground Boeing's 737 MAX 8 planes.

It was the second crash involving a 737 Max in six months. The group includes the Max 7, 8, 9 and 10 models.

The manufacturer said it would continue its production rate of 52 aircraft per month, but its MAX fleet would not be delivered to airlines or leasing companies.

A Sunwing spokesperson says the aircraft are not commercial flights and that they are positioning them in Windsor for the time being.

The company continues its efforts "to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again", he said in a statement.

Yesterday the FAA said 737 Max airliners would not be allowed to fly until new software had been "tested, approved and installed", a process likely to last until May, according to USA politicians briefed on the situation. But if the crash was caused by pilot error, then the problem could be corrected by training, and the grounding could be short, Goelz said.

Investigators have drawn similarities between the crashes, and focused their attention on the aircrafts' anti-stall system.

The accounts of the recent crashes were echoed in concerns registered by United States pilots on how the MAX 8 behaves.

Andrew Hunter, a defence industry expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said that while Boeing and the FAA had good track records on addressing safety concerns, sometimes the combination of automated systems and humans did not work smoothly.

Southwest Airlines and American Airlines, the largest U.S. operators of the 737 MAX, said they had started flying empty MAX aircraft to be parked elsewhere during the ban.

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