Canada's transportation minister Marc Garneau announced on Wednesday, March 13 that all Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 planes in the country are being banned from flying. Now, it looks like neighbouring country the U.S. has followed in Canada's footsteps. After Canada's ban, Trump just announced this afternoon that the U.S. is also grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 planes indefinitely.
This move from the U.S. president comes a few days after an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed and killed all 157 people onboard the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, including 18 Canadians and eight Americans.
The U.S. is now issuing an immediately effective emergency order to stop all American flights from operating all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 planes. This order comes amid the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash, said Donald Trump, in an announcement that he posted on his Twitter.
The president of the United States said that "the safety of the American people, and all people, is of paramount concern". He also said that the grounding of the Boeing plane "didn't have to be made, but we thought it was the right decision."
Check out the announcement from Trump below that was uploaded on Twitter.
President Trump said that pilots and airlines have been notified of this decision. Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 planes in the air will be grounded after they reach their destination.
Trump praised manufacturer Boeing despite grounding their aircraft. "Boeing is an incredible company," Trump said. "They are working very, very hard right now and hopefully they'll quickly come up with an answer but until they do, the planes are grounded."
Before the U.S. made the decision to stop Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 planes from operating, several other countries had already grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircrafts from flying. Canada, China, several European countries and more have already implemented the decision.
Over 40 airlines around the world, including three in Canada, operate flights on this Boeing aircraft. Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing, United Airlines, American Airlines, and more all have flights using the Boeing 737 Max plane.