Boeing Tells Airlines to Suspend All 737 Max 8 Planes

Rabat – Following the Ethiopian Airlines ET 302 plane crash on Sunday, Boeing recommended airlines ground all 737 Max 8s and Max 9s on Wednesday, March 13.US President Donald Trump announced that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was grounding the planes in the US in a press conference.The announcement comes days after airlines worldwide decided to suspend their use of the Boeing 737 Max 8. Boeing’s recommendation will likely see all 370 planes of the model temporarily grounded. Boeing officials made the decision after the FAA found similarities in the crash between Sunday’s air disaster and a crash with the same plane on a Lion Air flight in Indonesia in October.Read Also: Royal Air Maroc Suspends Boeing 737 Max-8 Jet After Ethiopian CrashThe two Boeing 737 Max 8s crashed shortly after takeoff.The FAA said that it made the decision after the investigation “developed new information from the wreckage concerning the aircraft’s configuration just after takeoff.”The FAA investigation found a problem with software that is believed to have played a role in both the Lion Air and Ethiopian crash.Boeing executives stated that they have been working on making a software update since the Indonesian crash.Pilots complaints about the 737 Max 8In late 2018, pilots in the US had reported their concern over controlling the Boeing 737 Max 8 during take-off. Pilots had similar difficulties as those that contributed to the Lion Air tragedy.Boeing executives had a meeting with pilots at the Allied Pilots Association’s where numerous complaints were made about Boeing’s new software, that pilots said they did not know enough about.Captain Dennis Tajer, a 737 pilot who attended the meeting, said that Boeing executives told the pilots, “Look, we didn’t include it because we have a lot of people flying on this and we didn’t want to inundate you with information.””Well that’s not acceptable,” answered Tajer. read more

Speaker urged to verify citizenship status of Parliamentarians

Resultantly, the former Member of Parliament Geetha Kumarasinghe lost her status as a Member of Parliament, due to confirmation of her dual citizenship in a local court of law. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has been urged to verify the citizenship status of all Parliamentarians.Rohana Hettiarachchi, the Executive Director of the People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL), has in a letter to the Speaker, noted that in terms of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, it is now law in Sri Lanka, that a person with citizenship in two countries – holding dual citizenship – cannot become a Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament. Hettiarachchi said that the court ruling regarding Geetha Kumarasinghe, makes an indelible turning point in the annals of Sri Lankan politics.“In the more recent past, within the Parliament, as well as among the general public outside, an extensive dialogue was created focusing on the question of Members of Parliament holding dual citizenship.I t reached a climax, when various kinds of defensive statistics and stories were brought out relating to such members,” he said. Hettiarachchi further noted that having carefully noted the high degree of negative public impact caused through the socialization process of such arguments, PAFFREL, as a responsible monitoring organization, decided to discover the true situation regarding this matter.At the outset, PAFFREL sought information from the Controller of Immigration and Emigration about the Members of Parliament holding dual citizenship.PAFFREL was told that excepting for Mrs. Geetha Kumarasinghe, to no other Member of the present Parliament, Dual Citizenship Certificates have been issued by that Department. Therefore, in order to dispel this social suspicion and to protect the honour and dignity of all Members of the Parliament, Hettiarachchi urged the Speaker to take steps to obtain from each Member, an affidavit affirming that he/she has no status of citizenship in another country (dual citizenship). (Colombo Gazette) “By all means, we believe that such information does not reveal for certainty or with clarity, about those who have not divulged information relating to their status of dual citizenship. By now, especially after the Geetha Kumarasinghe episode, a large scale social discussion and equally serious suspicions have emerged among the public about this all important issue. If, by any chance, the people’s representatives in Parliament do not reveal the true situation as regards their dual citizenship status, it is nothing, but a huge fraudulent act committed on the people of this country and more so on the dignity of the Parliament. They, who are the legislators are ignoring the very legislation, they were responsible to formulate,” PAFFREL said. “Sri Lanka’s Parliament is a unique institution, which formulates legislation and enacts policies for the citizens, while also handling the affairs of the country’s fiscal management. Under such circumstances, if persons holding dual citizenship sit in Parliament as members, it is doubtful, whether they would be wholeheartedly concerned with the wellbeing of the people of Sri Lanka, due to their dual interests. Also, whether they would act in the best national interest of Sri Lanka, or whether they would represent the other country of their citizenship in a decisive situation, is a matter of high importance for our country and the people,” Hettiarachchi said. read more