This morning federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau will provide an update on Canada’s fleet of Boeing 737 Max 8 planes. This situation is becoming problematic for the government. At least 40 countries have now grounded or banned the plane after the crash in Ethiopia that claimed the lives of 157 people, including 18 Canadians. In fact, just last night Sunwing temporarily grounded its four Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft because the countries they have it flying to, have closed their airspace to those planes. Canada and the U.S. are basically the only big countries left that have not grounded the Max 8.
Meanwhile, the Boeing plot thickens. Airline pilots on at least two U.S. flights have reported that an automated system seemed to cause their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes to tilt down suddenly. The pilots said that soon after engaging the autopilot on the Max 8, the nose tilted down sharply — in both cases, they recovered quickly after disconnecting the autopilot. That issue is the suspected cause of Sunday’s crash in Ethiopia and the fatal crash in Indonesia back in the Fall.
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