Trump: US grounding Boeing 737 Max 8, 9 after Ethiopia crash

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the U.S. is issuing an emergency order grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft in the wake of a crash of an Ethiopian Airliner that killed 157 people.

Many nations in the world had already barred the Boeing 737 Max 8 from its airspace, but until now, the Federal Aviation Administration had been saying that it didn’t have any data to show the jets are unsafe.

Trump said Wednesday that the FAA would be making the announcement soon to ground the planes.

He says any plane currently in the air will go to its destination and then be grounded.

Trump says pilots and airlines have been notified.

He says the safety of the American people is of “paramount concern.”

10 On Your Side reached out to local airports to see what the impact of this new order would be.

Officials with Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) say their airport won’t be directly impacted. 

Norfolk International Airport (ORF) officials tell 10 On Your Side there couple be potential “ripple effects,” but they’re unsure at this time.

Southwest Airlines does fly this jet model in and out of Norfolk, but ORF says there weren’t any scheduled flights with that aircraft for the month of March.

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