This is what I found on NBCNews.com:
Frustrated passengers were taken off planes, and in some cases stranded at airports, after the Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order grounding Boeing 737 Max jets in the wake of an Ethiopian Airlines crash Sunday and a previous deadly accident in Indonesia.
President Donald Trump announced the order on Wednesday, and U.S. airlines acknowledged that it would lead to canceled flights around the country. The FAA said it decided to ground the jets after it found that the Ethiopian Airlines aircraft that crashed Sunday, killing 157 people, had a flight pattern very similar to that of the plane in the Lion Air accident in Indonesia in October, which killed 189 people.
One woman, Amber H., 22, who didn’t feel comfortable giving her full last name, told NBC News that her Southwest Airlines flight to Orlando, Florida, was headed to the runway at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., when the order came down. Amber said she expected to miss a few days of work because she wasn’t able to book a direct flight to Orlando until Saturday:
“The pilot already had explained that we were on one of the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes but that he was confident in his ability to fly it. Not even 10 minutes later, he announced that we had to go back because of the emergency order.”
Another passenger in Washington, D.C., Ethan Levin, told NBC Washington that he found out about the FAA order from his father.
“My dad called me, and he told me that all of the 737s were being grounded by Trump, so we didn’t get an announcement till, like, 10 minutes later after that call.”
Information provided by NBCNews.com.
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