US aviation regulator says ‘No Basis’ to ground Boeing 737 Max despite crashes 

A Bloomberg graph of Boeing 737 Max biggest customers.

WASHINGTON: United States (US) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday said it saw “no basis” to ground Boeing 737 Max planes, despite two recent similar crashes involving aircraft in the series, Xinhua news agency reported, quoting a statement by the aviation authority.

“Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft. Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action,” the statement said.

The statement came amid mounting safety concerns following two crashes involving Boeing 737 Max 8 planes in a short span of five months.

Closer look at what is left of the Boeing 737 Max belonging to Ethiopia Airlines.

An Ethiopian Airlines plane en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya crashed Sunday, killing all 157 people aboard. A Lion Air crash in October in Indonesia killed all 189 people on board.

A growing list of countries and airlines have terminated the operation of the model, while US lawmakers, experts and industry associations are calling for its grounding in the United States.

According to the FAA, currently 74 Boeing 737 Max 8 planes are operated by US carriers. – Bermama

American civil aviation and Boeing investigators search through the debris at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on March 12, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Baz Ratner