TAMPA — On Wednesday, President Trump ordered that all Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 jets in the United States be grounded. But how is that impacting our local travel at Tampa International Airport?
The airport released the following statement:
The Boeing MAX planes grounded by the FAA comprise less than five percent of TPA's daily operations and less than two percent of our operations during the month of March. Three flights total have been cancelled today due to the order. Travelers should check with their airlines to determine if their flights are impacted.
US pilots who fly the Boeing 737 Max have registered complaints about the way the jet has performed in flight, according to a federal database.
The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing Max 8 jet plummeted into a field shortly after leaving Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport on Sunday morning, killing 157 people. One of the pilots reported flight control problems and asked to return to the base.
As investigators search for clues into the cause of the disaster, some aviation experts are drawing parallels to the Lion Air Boeing MAX 8 plane that went down last October over the Java Sea in Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.