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Kelowna flights impacted by grounding of Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes

Kelowna flights impacted by grounding of Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes

The French air accident investigation authority, known by its acronym BEA, said Thursday that it will handle the analysis of the flight recorders, often referred to as a plane's black boxes.

The Boeing 737 Max fleet of aircraft are the latest in the company's successful 737 line. According to Neradko, further decisions will be based on the assessment "of the directives and reports coming from the US Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Boeing Company".

Garuda Indonesia's chief executive said there is a "possibility" the airline will cancel its orders of Boeing Co's 737 MAXs, with the final decision depending on what the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does.

The BEA notably helps with investigations in countries without the resources or equipment to analyse the flight recorders, often called the black boxes.

Boeing has announced it is pausing deliveries of its 737 MAX aircraft to customers following the grounding of the jetliner around the world, as the world's largest plane manufacturer responds to its worst crises in years.

The 737 MAX has been banned from flying in most countries after an Ethiopian Airlines crash this week that killed all 157 people on board was found to have had similar characteristics to the crash of a Lion Air flight in October.

A Sunwing spokesperson says the aircraft are not commercial flights and that they are positioning them in Windsor for the time being.

The low-priced carrier, a launch customer of the MAX 8 in 2017, said it was servicing those flights with available 737-700s and 737-800s.

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"As the aircrafts' safety flight risks remain and are unable to be addressed in the short term, and because there is no evidence to prove the effectiveness of Boeing's proposed software updates, we thereby issue this airworthiness directive to ensure flight safety", it said.

Flight ET 302, heading to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, crashed about 50km outside the Ethiopian capital six minutes after taking off.

By the end of January, Boeing had delivered 350 of the Max 8 models.

Investigators have drawn similarities between the crashes, and focused their attention on the aircrafts' anti-stall system.

Experts say other possible causes of the crashes are being investigated, including other malfunctioning systems and pilot error.

The Max 8 that crashed on Sunday was one of 30 ordered as part of Ethiopian Airlines' expansion.

"Caribbean Airlines is doing all that it reasonably can, to accommodate on its aircraft, those passengers of other air carriers who may be affected by the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX-8".