Flights cancelled at Waterloo airport after grounding

Lester Mason
March 15, 2019

On Sunday, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed in Ethiopia, killing 157 people, including 18 Canadians.

Meanwhile, Boeing stocks continue to slide on the USA stock market.

A Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft is in hangar before the inspection at Garuda Maintenance Facility at Soekarno Hatta airport, Jakarta. And airline Garuda Indonesia said there was a possibility it would cancel its 20-strong order of 737 MAXs. "The investigation team will decide where", the spokesman told Reuters.

This deadly crash followed the tragic end met by the 189 passengers of a Lion Air jet, which died in October 2018 when their plane plunged to the ground in Indonesia.

Montreal-based Air Canada has 24 Boeing 737 Max 8s in its fleet, while WestJet flies 13 of the planes.

BEA investigators will try to retrieve information from the cockpit voice and flight data recorders, which were damaged in the disaster.

The plane was less than four months old when it went down just six minutes into its flight to Nairobi.

Under global rules, Ethiopians are leading the investigation but France's BEA will conduct black box analysis as an adviser.

Former FAA assistant administrator Scott Brenner told CBS News the agency still should have waited for data from the Ethiopian jet's black boxes before making its decision.

On Wednesday, both Canada and the United States. announced the aircraft would be temporarily grounded in North America, citing concerns stemming from a deadly plane crash in Ethiopia on Sunday that killed 157 people, including 18 Canadians.


The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order grounding the planes Wednesday. The cause of that accident is still under investigation.

Boeing chief Dennis Muilenberg said "we are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again".

CTV Windsor has learned Windsor International Airport is now holding five of the grounded aircraft and could potentially see as many as 10 parked on its property.

The FAA's directive on Monday said that Boeing is updating the maneuvering system software, meaning that the system still poses potential flight risks.

The MAX series is Boeing's fastest-selling model, but it is still relatively new with fewer than 500 in service.

The pilot of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 had reported internal control problems and received permission to return, before the plane came down and burst into a fireball on arid farmland.

Canada has grounded Boeing's 737 MAX jets over safety concerns and that has caused a number of flight cancellations at the Calgary International Airport.

One said the flight crew reviewed the incident "at length. but can't think of any reason the aircraft would pitch nose-down so aggressively".

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is also sending three investigators to assist. However, the FAA said this week it had mandated that Boeing update its flight software and training on the aircraft. More than 40 other countries had already banned operation of the narrow-body plane by Tuesday night.

BEA said any information about the investigation would come from Ethiopian Airlines, which itself tweeted that it would only communicate through social media and its website. Others said it was better to have an independent player analyze the data.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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