The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Monday it plans to issue a global notice of “continued airworthiness” for the Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane after two deadly crashes involving the model raised concerns about safety.
“The FAA continuously assesses and oversees the safety performance of U.S. commercial aircraft,” the FAA said. “If we identify an issue that affects safety, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action.”
Fears about the jet spread after a former FAA safety official went on CNN’s “Newsroom” on Monday morning and urged travelers to be cautious.
“I’ve never said that, ‘Hey, it’s unsafe to fly a particular model’ but in this case, I’m going to have to go there,” said David Soucie, now an aviation safety analyst for the network.
“I just looked at the flight data of that aircraft: It’s strikingly similar, same issues we had with the Max Air. So yeah, I would watch for that airplane.”
Boeing shares on the New York Stock Exchange dropped sharply earlier in the day, before closing 22.65 points down, a loss of over 5 percent.
The company said in a statement that it was also investigating the crash but did not have any immediate new guidance for operators of the plane.
“Safety is our number one priority and we are taking every measure to fully understand all aspects of this accident, working closely with the investigating team and all regulatory authorities involved,” Boeing said.