Grounding of Boeing 737 Max planes should have minimal impact on travelers

Kristen Johanson
March 13, 2019 - 5:10 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — President Donald Trump has grounded all Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft in the aftermath of Sunday's plane crash in Ethiopia. This should have minimal impact on travelers, but one expert is pointing the finger at the top of the Federal Aviation Administration. 

The FAA approved the faulty navigation system installed in Boeing 737 Max planes, which is believed to be the cause of two plane crashes, and Boeing is now racing to fix it over the next few weeks.

Philadelphia aviation attorney Arthur Alan Wolk, who is also a pilot, says it was the FAA who failed the public as the U.S. should have been the first country to ground the planes.

"Because if you continue to operate the airplane, and you don't know why the accidents, which appear to be very similar, then you run the risk of losing another airplane, and that is unacceptable. It's just wrong," he said. 

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

The impact of grounded flights should be minimal to the public, says Wolk.

"Compared to the numbers of commercial airliners flying today, the Max 8 and Max 9 are very small as a percentage. So I don't think most of the flying public will even know or feel any impact from it," he said. 

Each airline ticket should have the type of plane passengers are flying on, but if you can't find it, call the airline to ask whether your flight has been cancelled, as airports do not have that information. 

Wolk says Boeing has developed a band-aid like navigation fix, which would level off the navigation systems in the 737 Max flights to temporarily solve the problem, and the impact should last a few weeks.