Sensators Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are calling for the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft to be grounded following two fatal crashes involving the plane.
“Out of an abundance of caution for the flying public, the @FAANews should ground the 737 MAX 8 until we investigate the causes of recent crashes and ensure the plane’s airworthiness,” Romney tweeted Tuesday.
“The FAA & the airline industry must act quickly & decisively to protect American travelers, pilots, & flight attendants,” Blumenthal wrote Monday night. “All Boeing 737 Max 8s should be grounded until American travels can be assured that these planes are safe.”
2020 presidential contender Elizabeth Warren also joined the chorus of calls, saying in a statement that the FAA 8 should “immediately ground this plane in the United States until its safety can be assured.”
Other countries have already grounded the Max 8 planes, including Australia, Brazil, the Cayman Islands, China, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea and the United Kingdom.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Monday that the planes are safe to fly but that it is investigating the crashes.
“Today, the FAA will issue a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC) for Boeing 737 MAX operators,” the FAA said in a statement.
“The FAA continuously assesses and oversees the safety performance of U.S. commercial aircraft. If we identify an issue that affects safety, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action.”