Air Canada, WestJet fly 37 planes of the type that crashed in Ethiopia
|globalnews.ca 10 Mar 2019 at 10:54|
Officials surveyed the wreckage of an Ethiopian Airlines plane on Sunday after it crashed earlier that morning just minutes after taking off. A total of 157 people were on board.
Canadian airlines fly nearly 40 planes of the type that crashed in Ethiopia , killing 157 people including 18 Canadians on Sunday.
And one of those airlines added four more after a separate fatal crash in Indonesia took 189 lives in October.
WestJet confirmed that it has 13 Boeing 737 MAX planes in its fleet — and that’s four more than it had in November when a Lion Air flight crashed in the Java Sea.
Those planes represent just over 10 per cent of the Boeing 737s that it flies in total.
Asked why it added more of those planes following such a devastating crash, WestJet said it has an order for “50 MAX aircraft and have ongoing deliveries.”
“WestJet sends heartfelt condolences to those friends and family whose loved ones were on board Ethiopian Airlines flight 302,” it said.
“We are monitoring the situation closely and will not speculate on the cause of the incident at this time.”
A search of WestJet’s website showed that the airline uses the Boeing 737-MAX 8 on routes such as Toronto to Cancun and Calgary to Mazatlan,
Air Canada , meanwhile, said it has 24 Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes.
“These aircraft have performed excellently from a safety, reliability and customer satisfaction perspective,” it said in a statement.
Air Canada uses the 737 MAX on numerous routes, such as from Calgary and Vancouver to Honolulu, according to a search of the site.
The Lion Air crash in Indonesia preceded the Ethiopian Airlines crash by about four months.
That incident had Boeing issuing an Operations Manual Bulletin (OMB) to operators of the 737 MAX 8.
The Indonesia National Transportation Safety Committee determined that Lion Air flight 610 had experienced “erroneous input from one of its Angle of Attack (AOA) sensors,” which help to see that air flows over a plane’s wings.
In response, Boeing directed operators to “existing flight crew procedures” where they found “erroneous input from an AOA sensor.”
However, Indonesia’s transportation safety committee also found that the Boeing 737 MAX 8 which crashed wasn’t in airworthy condition, a preliminary report found.
A “stick shaker,” which is an instrument that warns of a stall, had vibrated the flight captain’s controls during the flight.
The pilot was trying to use controls in an effort to bring the plane’s nose up, but an anti-stall system pushed it down.
A more thorough report on the Indonesia crash is expected sometime later this year.
In December, Lion Air wouldn’t rule out cancelling additional orders for Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes, as it had 190 jets ready to be delivered.
Asked numerous questions about the 737 MAX 8, Boeing would only offer an existing statement expressing sympathy for the passengers and crew of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.
“A Boeing technical team will be travelling to the crash site to provide technical assistance under the direction of the Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board,” it said.