KPRC2 Houston travelers concerned over grounding of Boeing 737 planes

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USA -based aircraft-tracking firm Aireon provided the satellite data to the FAA, Transport Canada and several other authorities, company spokeswoman Jessie Hillenbrand said.

The Federal Aviation Administration initially said it did not believe there was any reason to ground the Max 8s.

Donald Trump has announced plan to ground all Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft in the United States immediately and "until further notice".

"Pilots repeatedly voiced safety concerns about the Boeing 737 Max 8 to federal authorities, with one captain calling the flight manual inadequate and nearly criminally insufficient", the newspaper noted.

"We make our own decisions in Canada and occasionally those decisions may be different from our colleagues south of the border", Garneau said.

President Trump had a phone call with Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg on Tuesday but has not made a final decision on what should be done in response to the crashes, according to a senior administration official.

The airline has published a travel advisory on its website at Southwest.com.

It was a rare moment when Canadian authorities made a decision to move without the Americans going first, one expert said, despite protestations from U.S. President Donald Trump that the two sides co-ordinated announcements that came several hours apart.

"Better safe than sorry", he said.

The three USA airlines using the 737 MAX - Southwest Airlines Co, American Airlines Group Inc and United Airlines - stood by the aircraft. The same report said that it was "unconscionable" that pilots were being expected to fly the plane with insufficient training and limited information.

"Fortunately, we are at a fairly low travel season".

"I was asleep most of the time".

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"American Airlines has 24 aircraft affected by this directive", the airline said in a statement. She adopted a philosophical view that has enabled her to overcome her fear of flying.

"I immediately disconnected the AP (autopilot). and resumed climb", the officer said. "You can't let something like this dictate your life". The European Union, India and Canada, among others, have temporarily prevented the Max 8 planes from taking to the air.

Amid the confusion, airlines scrambled to field calls and rebook passengers.

"The grounding will remain in effect pending further investigation, including examination of information from the aircraft's flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders", the agency said.

Germout Freitag, spokesman for Germany's Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation, said the agency had declined a request from Ethiopia to analyze the boxes because they lacked the necessary software.

"Our Max aircraft account for roughly 40 flights a day and through a combination of spare aircraft and rebooking customers, we do not anticipate a significant operational impact as a result of this order", United said in a statement posted on Twitter. WestJet flies 13 737 Max planes, and will book passengers on its 162 other aircraft. American said it does not typically use the 737 Max on flights through Chicago, though it's possible there could be cancellations at O'Hare in response to the disruption.

Elwell said Wednesday he was confident in the 737's certification.

Questions have arisen over who should analyze the black box recorders from Sunday's crash: Ethiopian authorities reportedly don't want to turn the evidence over to the USA, fearful there would be a conflict of interest in the analysis since the plane is American-made.

Garneau said that there was no political pressure on Canada to keep flying the aircraft, which is manufactured and certified in the U.S.

"There are delivery dates that aren't being met, there's usage of the aircraft that's not being met and all the supply chain things that Boeing so carefully crafted", Cox said.

"That brings a lot of questions that are very hard to answer because if you are on one of these holidays, including a hotel. these have been prepaid by the tour company [and are] 100 per cent non-refundable for the tour company".

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