The Federal Aviation Administration doubled down on its decision to allow airline carriers to continue operating the Boeing 737 Max aircraft in the United States after numerous aviation authorities across the globe decided to ground the jet series in response to an Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board.
Aviation experts, consumer advocates and politicians on both sides of the aisle have called for the FAA to get the 737 Max 8 and Max 9 out of the skies while safety concerns are addressed.
But the federal agency stood strong in a statement on Tuesday night.
“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,” the FAA said in a statement, adding that it would act quickly if it identified any issues that affected the jet series’ airworthiness.
This most recent crash of the new Boeing series comes less than six months after a Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October killed all 189 people on board.
Some industry leaders and consumer advocates say the 737 Max jets should be grounded until a thorough investigation of both crashes is completed.
Several countries and Norwegian Airlines ordered that the planes be grounded until further notice, and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, the lead European regulator, piled on Tuesday afternoon when it announced that it would suspend all flight operations of the aircraft on the continent.