American transport secretary Elaine Chao flies on Boeing 737 Max 8

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Chao's comments were picked up by FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell, who issued a statement Tuesday afternoon in defense of the FAA's decision not to order airlines to stop flying with new Boeing commercial aircraft .

"So far our review has not highlighted systemic performance issues and provides no basis for ordering the aircraft on the ground, nor have other civil aviation authorities provided us with data that would deserve an action," he said. said Elwell in an FAA statement.

"In the course of our urgent review of the Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 incident data, if problems are identified that concern the maintenance of the airworthiness of the aircraft, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action."

While Elwell and his boss are waiting to see the data to convince them that 737 Max planes should not fly, more than thirty airlines, several countries and the European Union have decided to take over the planes.

Decisions have created a perception for some that regulators in Washington, D.C. and three US airlines that fly into the Max are stubborn continuing to fly the Max. Southwest and American Airlines, which fly the 737 Max 8, and United Airlines, which flies to 737 Max 9, have all said they have no intention of taking the Aircraft out of service.

– Correction: this story was correct to reflect that Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines have no intention of taking Boeing Max aircraft out of service.

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