In a statement, the U.S.-based Boeing Company said it “continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max.” The company said it decided to recommend to the FAA the temporary suspension of operations of all Boeing 737 Max planes “out of an abundance of caution.”
The FAA says there are 74 such planes registered in the U.S. and 387 around the world.
The U.S.- based Southwest Airlines operates 34 Boeing 737 Max planes. The airline said as a result of the order, it has removed those planes from service.
I'm Ashley Thompson.
Ashley Thompson wrote this story for Learning English based on reports from the Associated Press and Reuters. Hai Do was the editor.
Words in This Story
analyze - v. to study (something) closely and carefully : to learn the nature and relationship of the parts of (something) by a close and careful examination
aircraft - n. a machine (such as an airplane or a helicopter) that flies through the air
refined - adj. improved to be more precise or exact
confidence - n. a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something
abundance - n. a large amount of something
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Environmentalism: resources and solutions
sustainability – not damaging the environment, allowing it to continue as long as possible
convert – change something into something else
surplus – amount that is more than needed
small-scale – limited in size and output
solar system – electrical system generating power from the sun
What does an electric vehicle in the savannah help people see?
Sneaking up on a rare black rhino has never been easier. An electric car can negotiate the savannah in silence. But improving the chances of seeing the 'Big Five' is just the beginning for the Swedish start-up company that's set its sights much wider.
Filip Gardler, Opibus co-founder
Safari vehicles was a perfect entry market, more or less, to enter. They had the need of the tourists visiting having high requirements on sustainability.
Filip Lovstrom, Opibus co-founder
All across the world, we have 1.1 billion vehicles, so why should we replace all of those with the new electric cars when we instead, can convert them?
But these are the big prize. Converting Nairobi's Matatu mass-transport minibuses to electric would have a huge impact… and there's currently a surplus of electricity here.
But a huge number of Kenyans are not on the national grid and so are turning to small-scale solutions.
Leah pays a dollar a day for her solar system and can now charge her phone, her torch and watch TV. And having a light at night means Samuel can do his homework.
That's what Ethiopia's trying to do by building this vast dam across the Blue Nile.
And the waters of the Congo River could power Africa. There are multi-billion dollar plans to extend this Inga project, but miles from any industry it will need to build power lines too.
Erik Granskog, renewable energy consultant
So, the future of power in Africa is going to be a patchwork, between residential solar, distributed generation, mini-grids and there will be large hydroelectric dams.
Small and silent steps could be the best way to electrify Africa. And like mobile phone technology, leapfrog the need for vast power grids spanning the continent.
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What does an electric vehicle in the savannah help people see?
It helps them see the 'Big Five' – lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and Cape buffalo.
US pilots reported problems with Boeing 737 MAX
Breaking News March 14, 2019 01:00
Washington- As US authorities continued to resist pressure Wednesday to ground the Boeing 737 MAX following the latest deadly crash, reports from American pilots surfaced who reported issues with the plane late last year.
At least four pilots made reports following the October crash of a Lion Air flight in Indonesia shortly after takeoff, all complaining that the aircraft suddenly pitched downward, according to documents reviewed by AFP on a flight safety database.
The incidents seem to involve the flight stabilization system designed to prevent the aircraft from stalling, the "MCAS," which was implicated in the fatal accident in the Lion Air crash that killed 189 people shortly after takeoff.
After the latest accident Sunday of another 737 MAX 8 from Ethiopian Airlines, shortly after takeoff, killing 157, numerous airlines and governments around the world grounded the aircraft or banned it from their skies, including Canada which just took the step on Wednesday.
However, the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday said there was no reason as yet to ground the planes, even though it has mandated Boeing update its flight software and training on the aircraft.
The cause of the tragedy in Ethiopia has not been determined, although the black boxes with critical data and recordings of the pilot were retrieved Monday.
- 'DONT SINK DONT SINK' -
One pilot logged an incident in November 2018, just weeks after the Lion Air crash, saying the plane "pitched nose down" two to three seconds after engaging the autopilot following takeoff, according to the report on the Aviation Safety Reporting System, maintained by NASA.
"The captain immediately disconnected the autopilot and pitched into a climb," the report said. "The rest of the flight was uneventful."
The report said the flight crew reviewed the incident "at length... but can't think of any reason the aircraft would pitch nose-down so aggressively."
Another pilot on a flight in November said the crew discussed the concerns about the aircraft and "I mentioned I would engage the autopilot sooner than usual."
But again once engaged, there was a quick automated warning of "DONT SINK DONT SINK!"
"I immediately disconnected the AP (autopilot) ... and resumed climb," the officer said. But after review, "frankly neither of us could find an inappropriate setup error."
"With the concerns with the MAX 8 nose-down stuff, we both thought it appropriate to bring it to your attention."
The Lion Air accident had focused attention on Angle of Attack (AOA) sensors connected to the Aircraft Stabilization System (MCAS).
A malfunction of these tools may erroneously correct the path by pitching the aircraft down due to a mistaken assessment that the aircraft is in stall.
The Ethiopian Airlines disaster took place shortly after takeoff and the aircraft experienced irregular climbs and descents just after taking off.
"We're going to decline to comment on specific ASRS reports," an FAA spokeswoman told AFP. "We are not aware of any verified reports of MCAS issues in the US."
The ASRS is a voluntary system of reports that allows research to "lessen the likelihood of aviation accidents."
Northerners urged to stay indoors
national March 14, 2019 01:00
By The Nation
Chiang Mai named world’s most polluted city for two days running
THE SMOG enveloping the North has made it unsafe to go outdoors, the Pollution Control Department (PCD) said yesterday.
Air-quality readings by the PCD showed that the amount of PM2.5 – fine particulate matter of less than 2.5 micrometre in diameter – had soared above the official safe level of 50 micrograms (mcg) per cubic metre of air in all nine provinces in the North.
Chiang Mai yesterday saw PM2.5 reaching 130mcg per cubic metre of air in Muang district based on a 24-hour average. The overall air quality index (AQI) stood at 240, compared to the safe level of 100.
For two days in a row this week, Chiang Mai became the world’s most polluted city. Airvisual.com, which monitors air quality across the world, noted that at 12.49pm yesterday, Chiang Mai’s AQI was at 296. At 4.15pm of Tuesday, its AQI touched 229.
March 14, 2019