US says 737 MAX safe to fly after Ethiopia crash, Boeing shares dip
By Aaron Maasho, Duncan Miriri and David Shepardson
GARA-BOKKA, Ethiopia/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States told airlines it was safe to fly 737 MAX 8 planes on Monday as investigators found two black box recorders that will help piece together the final moments of an Ethiopian Airlines jet before it plunged to the ground on Sunday.
GARA-BOKKA、埃塞俄比亚/华盛顿(路透社)—周一，美国向各航空公司表示，波音 737 MAX 8飞机仍安全适航。调查的员找到了两个黑匣子，将有助于还原埃航航班周日坠机前的最后时刻。
China and Indonesia grounded their fleets of 737 MAX 8 aircraft earlier on Monday, citing safety concerns, contributing to a drop in Boeing Co shares that wiped billions of dollars off the market value of the world's biggest plane maker.
周一，凤凰棋牌和印尼以安全问题为由停飞波音 737 MAX 8飞机，导致波音股价下跌，市值蒸发数十亿美元。波音是全球最大的飞机制造商。
Late on Monday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued a "continued airworthiness notification" to assure operators of the plane that it was safe to fly. It said it was collecting data on the crash and keeping in contact with international civil aviation authorities and would take immediate action if it identified any safety issues.
Southwest Airlines Co, which operates the largest fleet of 737 MAX 8s, said it remained confident in the safety of all its Boeing planes even as it received a rush of queries from customers wanting to know if they were booked to fly on a 737 MAX 8.
运营着最大737 MAX 8机群的美国西南航空公司表示，尽管收到了客户的大量询问自己预定的航班是否为波音 737 MAX 8飞机，但该公司仍对所有波音飞机的安全性充满信心。
"Our customer relations team is responding to these customers individually, emphasizing our friendly, no-change fee policy," the No. 4 U.S. airline said in a statement.
Investigators in Ethiopia found two black box recorders early on Monday that will help piece together the final moments of the plane before it plunged, trailing smoke and debris, and crashed killing 157 people. The disaster came just months after a jet of the same model came down in Indonesia killing 189 people.
The discovery of black box recorders means the cause of the crash may be quickly understood, as long as recordings are not damaged, although it typically takes a year for a full detailed investigation to be completed.
Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg said he was confident in the safety of the 737 MAX in an email to employees which was seen by Reuters.
波音首席执行长穆伦伯格在发给员工的一封电子邮件中表示，他对波音 737 MAX的安全性有信心。
The planemaker, the airline and its insurers face big claims after the crash, industry sources said. The insured value of the plane itself was likely around $50 million.
On top of that, Boeing may face lawsuits from victims' families in the United States, where legal compensation payments for people killed in plane crashes could run around $2 million to $3 million per person, depending on the law applied, compared to about $200,000 in Ethiopia, according to Justin Green, a New York-based aviation lawyer who has represented families in cases against Boeing.
Boeing declined to comment on its insurance cover.
The company's share price briefly had its biggest one-day drop since the attacks of Sep. 11, 2001, falling as much as 13.5 percent early on Monday on fears that two crashes in such a short time could reveal flaws in the new plane.
Some investors saw that dip as an opportunity to buy Boeing shares, which have tripled in value over the past three years, sparking a recovery. The shares closed down 5.3 percent at $400.01. They hit a record high of $446 last week.
Kathleen13 hours ago
How can anyone state that the Max 8 is safe to fly? Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. The black boxes of the latest crash involving this plane haven’t even been examined yet. I myself would aim at the extremely cautious side instead of proclaiming that the plane is safe. Research first, talk later.
怎么敢说波音 Max 8可以安全飞行呢?也许可以，也许不可以。甚至还没有检查过最近坠机的黑匣子。应该谨慎一点，不能贸然宣称飞机是安全的。先调查清楚再说吧。
iris12 hours ago
The fact is that two brand new Max-8 crashed on take off within 6 months and they don't know the reason yet. how can they say it is safe to fly
China's highly regulated, top down, commercial aviation conglomerate of mostly (majority) state held airlines have established the best safety record in the world. They obviously, don't want to take any chances with that.
Фрэнк10 hours ago
The 737 might have a good safety record BUT we are talking about the 737 MAX which only came into service no longer than a year ago. Both the aircraft that crashed are almost brand new from the factory, so the problem could hardly be due to poor maintenance by their users.
波音 737的安全记录可能是不错，但我们谈论的是737 MAX，不到一年前才投入使用的，而且坠毁的两架飞机几乎都是新出厂的，所以事故不大可能是由于维护不善造成的。
No way I'm getting into one of those flying coffins.
Looks like boeing's anti-stall system works perfectly. The only minor problem, it crashes the plane
they know what caused the crash, but are not telling
This is sad that China more worries about safety than US. When 1 plane crashes it could be coincidence. When 2 planes of the same model crush with very similar scenario, it's pattern. I am very sorry that US official decided to compromise safety for getting more revenue to greedy airlines.
The plane was brand new, and the pilot was very experienced. Boeing is in for a lot of trouble,
Chiddici13 hours ago
It’s safe to fly until something happen (hope not) here too.
This shows you that not loosing money it’s more important then our safety.
MAGARAPEVAN13 hours ago
It's fine, it's just a minor software issue... That causes the plane to aim for the ground.
Bjorn13 hours ago
"We haven't examined the black box data yet and we don't really know what happened yet, but they're safe to fly."?
Wayne M12 hours ago
I spent 23 years in the Air Force and 22 years as a flight test engineer with a major aerospace company and I won't be boarding one until they get this figured out. They have a software or flight control system anomaly is likely.
Well done, good move. We do not want to see any more crashes involving that particular aircraft model.
blackorder200113 hours ago
How can they say they are safe to fly if they did not analyze the black box information yet?
Frontier23 hours ago
I do not understand why Boeing has not grounded the 737 MAX. The POTUS should ground it. Yesterday I flew but made sure that it was not a 737 MAX.
我不明白为什么波音没有停飞737 MAX。昨天我坐了飞机，但事先确定好了不是波音737 MAX。
Soon China will be able to depend on their own C919 airliners for domestic travel.
I rather go on an older 737 version or any other airplane.
Joshua13 hours ago
How can the FAA say the plane is safe, if they dont know the cause of the crash. Please people do not fly these planes, their statement is not how logic or science works.
Tan13 hours ago
2 out of 350 delivered have crashed. That is quite a scary ratio. Who are we protecting here? Do we stop these plane from flying when the third one crashed?
ray13 hours ago
In other words: "Trust us, these planes are safe, we will review the black box data later".
KevinRay14 hours ago
I will not get on a 737 MAX 8. I don't play Russian roulette with my life.
In the US it is all about money.
S W6 hours ago
The probability of a plane crashing is 1 in 5.4 million. The probability of a new airplane crashing is a small fraction of that. The probability of 2 new airplanes of the same model crashing within 5 months is astronomically low. The FAA should definitely ground all MAX 8 planes as a precaution, statistically-speaking.
飞机坠毁的概率是五百四十万分之一。一架新飞机坠毁的概率还更小。同一型号的两架新飞机在5个月内坠毁的可能性极低。从统计数据上看，联邦航空局绝对应该停飞所有波音737 MAX 8，以防万一。
MARY12 hours ago
HOW can they say this is SAFE to fly given the FACT nearly 500 people have died in crashes in a couple months?
China may be communist but at least they're sensible enough to take appropriate actions.
Bad news for Boeing. It should forget about delivering the remaining 737Max8 on order. The recent two disasters with this plane could even force Boeing into to bankruptcy.