Flight path data of two crashed Boeing 737 Max 8 planes 'very close,' FAA says
美国联邦航空局表示，两架坠毁的波音737 Max 8的航迹数据“非常相似”
The flight path data of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes that crashed showed similarities, the FAA said Wednesday as the United States became the last nation to ground the popular planes worldwide.
周三，美国联邦航空局(FAA)表示，两架坠毁的波音737 MAX 8客机的航迹数据显示出相似之处。美国成为全球最后一个停飞波音737 MAX 8的国家。
The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order three days after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash that killed all 157 on board.
埃航一架波音737 MAX 8客机坠毁，机上157人全部遇难，三天之后，美国联邦航空管理局发布紧急命令。
“The FAA is ordering the temporary grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by U.S. airlines or in U.S. territory. The agency made this decision as a result of the data gathering process and new evidence collected at the site and analyzed today. This evidence, together with newly refined satellite data available to FAA this morning, led to this decision," the FAA said.
Daniel Elwell, acting head of the FAA, said the data linked the behavior and flight path of the Ethiopian Airline jet to data from the crash of a Lion Air jet in October.
“Evidence we found on the ground made it even more likely that the flight path was very close to Lion Air’s,” Elwell said Wednesday.
Before the FAA announcement, President Donald Trump issued an emergency order halting flights of the MAX 8 and MAX 9.
在FAA宣布这一消息之前，特朗普总统发布了一项紧急命令，停飞MAX 8和MAX 9航班。
The United States had been under pressure to join nations worldwide in grounding the planes after concerns mounted that the Ethiopian crash was similar to one in October. Wednesday, Canada joined the list of countries that halted the flights.
Trump said planes in the air would complete their flights but no more would take off. He said airlines were notified.
Boeing said it supported the move.
"Boeing has determined – out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft's safety – to recommend to the FAA the temporary suspension of operations of the entire global fleet of all 371 MAX aircraft," Boeing said in a statement.
The MAX fleet began flying two years ago and includes 74 domestic planes. Airlines have ordered more than 4,500 of the jetliners, the newest version of the 737 and best-selling airliner ever.
Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau cited newly obtained satellite data that he said show a possible similarity to the Ethiopian crash and the Lion Air crash.
At least one airline wants compensation from Boeing for the cost of parking the jets. Norwegian Air Shuttles spokeswoman Tonje Naess said the carrier, which flies 18 of the planes, should not face "any financial burden for a brand new aircraft that will not to be used." It was not immediately clear what those costs might be or what Boeing might be pressed to pay.
Bob7 hours ago
Boeing’s directive, after the Lion Air disaster, tells pilots to turn off the plane’s autopilot system, and if necessary the pitch trim system too, if there’s a problem. I’m no pilot, but there’s little room for error on take-off and landing.
George K Jr12 hours ago
Last to cross the finish line even though we probably have the most flights. ... Yay us?
Gary9 hours ago
Then the fault is pilot error for not disabling the anti-stall system.
Finance Guy13 hours ago
Literally took 50 other countries before the U.S. finally agreed.
Michael8 hours ago