Bay Area flights impacted after president’s order to ground Boeing 737 Max 8 jets

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SFO flights impacted after president's order to ground Boeing 737 Max 8 jets

President Trump announced on Wednesday the U.S. is grounding the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 aircraft, joining several other countries in restricting commercial use of the Boeing jets.

This comes after the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday that killed 157 people, including eight Americans. 

Many nations have already grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9, but until now there was no data showing the jets were unsafe according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

President Trump says any plane currently in the air will go to its destination and then be grounded. Pilots and airlines have been notified. 

At the San Francisco International Airport Wednesday, three flights were cancelled because of the ban. Each of the flights were on the airline, Air Canada.

A passenger at SFO saw some unhappy travelers at the airport today because of the today’s news. 

“There are some very unhappy people who are headed to Maui today and they are grounded because of the 737,” Susan Martin said. 

The airport says in some cases, it was able to swap passengers onto other aircrafts rather than cancelling their flights entirely.

Another traveler at SFO prioritized safety over convenience. 

 “Personally, I’d rather have a delayed flight and not get home, versus, enter an aircraft that wasn’t safe,” said Melissa Raethka. 

While Boeing has confidence that the Max aircrafts are safe, they have determined that due to the amount of caution expressed, they recommend a temporary suspension of operation of the entire global fleet.

Dennis Muilenburg, who is the president, CEO, Chairman of the Boeing Company, released a statement on Wednesday. 

“On behalf of the entire Boeing team, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives in these two tragic accidents. We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution. Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building airplanes, and it always will be. There is no greater priority for our company and our industry. We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigations, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again.”

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