Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declined to ground the Boeing 737 MAX even after growing international pressure.
FAA says there is “no basis” to ground the MAX even after “most countries in the world” moved to ground
In a latest updated statement at 3/12/19 6:10pm, FAA said “The FAA continues to review extensively all available data and aggregate safety performance from operators and pilots of the Boeing 737 MAX. Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft. Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action. In the course of our urgent review of data on the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash, if any issues affecting the continued airworthiness of the aircraft are identified, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action. even as most countries in the world moved to do so.”
US carriers combined has the largest fleet of 77 Boeing 737 Max aircraft in the world after Chinese carriers with 96 MAXs.