Kelowna flights impacted by grounding of Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes


Sunday's crash of an Ethiopian 737 Max 8 just after takeoff from Addis Ababa killed 157.

Travelers are dealing with delays after Canada's decision to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9.

Boeing doesn't fly commercially out of Windsor, but its aircraft are regular visitors to the Rose City.

Ethiopian Airlines was not immediately available for comment.

It crashed 30 miles southeast of the airport, approximately six minutes into its two-hour flight, near the town of Bishoftu.

The cause of the disaster is not yet clear.

American Airlines has said it will start ferrying some of their Max planes back to their bases today. Usually, those planes go to traffic zones.

Ethiopian Airlines said earlier it would send the two cockpit voice and data recorders overseas for analysis.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration grounded the planes Wednesday, saying regulators had new satellite evidence that showed the movements of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 were similar to those of Lion Air Flight 610.

Firm answers about what caused the crash could take months. They initially asked Germany, which said it didn't have the necessary capacity to take it on, so then the Ethiopians turned to France, Barthe told The Associated Press.

Questions about the Lion Air crash have honed in on an automated stall prevention system, the MCAS, created to automatically point the plane's nose downwards if it is in danger of stalling.

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Safety experts cautioned against drawing too many comparisons between the two crashes until more is known about Sunday's disaster. The Boeing 737 reportedly went down minutes after taking off Addis Ababa airport in Ethiopia's capital on Sunday morning.

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To recover from a stall, a pilot would normally push the plane's nose down.

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The system continues to repeat the process if the computer detects the plane is still tilted at a too-high angle. Another Max 8 plunged into the Java Sea minutes after taking off from an Indonesian airport in October, killing all 189 on board.

More than 40 countries, including the USA, have now grounded the planes or refused to let them into their airspace.

American Airlines Group Inc, with 24 MAX 8s, planned to cancel around 85 flights per day as a result of the ban, while servicing some of those flights with other aircraft such as the 737-800. They have been in commercial use since 2017.

Japan Airlines Co. has no plans to acquire the 737 Max 8. It underwent a "rigorous first check maintenance" on 4 February, the airline said.

The airline in a statement on Thursday said it does not fly the Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft and "will not, and in fact can not, introduce any aircraft into its fleet that does not meet the most stringent global and domestic regulations".

The latest crash intensified scrutiny on the planes and their safety record.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Wednesday's decision was made following a review of evidence about the aircraft.

Boeing said it had full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max, but that "out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public" it had chose to temporarily ground the entire fleet.