Boeing Planes Sit Idle At Hawaiʻi Airports Following Crashes Abroad

Mar 14, 2019

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Several Boeing 737 Max jets were sitting at Hawaiʻi airports this afternoon as investigators probe the cause of the most recent crash of that model aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered all 737 Max 8 and Max 9 planes grounded yesterday in response to the crashes in Ethiopia on Sunday and Indonesia in October.

One plane was sitting on the tarmac of Kahului Airport after arriving yesterday morning from Los Angeles and another was at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport.

Several airlines use the 737 Max 8 jets for their Hawaiʻi routes,  including Air Canada, United Airlines and WestJet.

Those companies were making arrangements to adjust service to the islands.

Aviation regulators are seeking answers from Boeing amid suspicions that faulty software might have contributed to the two crashes that killed 346 people in less than six months.

Flight recorders from the Ethiopian Airlines crash arrived today in France for analysis, although the agency in charge of the review said it was unclear whether the data could be retrieved.

The decision to send the recorders to France was seen as a rebuke to the United States, which held out longer than most other countries in grounding the jets.