North Texas' Airlines Respond to Ethiopia Crash

Alan Scaia
March 11, 2019 - 11:26 am
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Alan Scaia

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DALLAS (KRLD) - Airlines based in North Texas say they will continue flying their Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft despite the crash this weekend in Ethiopia. The plane that crashed after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board was Boeing 737 MAX 8.

Southwest Airlines says it operates a fleet of 750 Boeing jets, including 34 737 MAX 8s. Southwest says it does not plan any changes to its policies or procedures, but it has been in contact with Boeing "and will continue to stay close to the investigation as it progresses."

"We remain confident in the safety and airworthiness of our fleet of more than 750 Boeing aircraft," the airline wrote in a statement.

At Love Field, passengers say they trust the airline despite problems between management and mechanics and the crash in Ethiopia.

"Boeing has a very strong safety record," one man said as he waited for a flight to Atlanta. "Southwest is committed to safety as its number one priority."

In Fort Worth, American says its 737 MAX 8s will continue flying, as well. American says its safety teams and unions will monitor the investigation in Ethiopia, "which is the standard protocol for any aircraft accident."

"American continues to collaborate with the FAA and other regulatory authorities, as the safety of our team members and customers is our number one priority," American said in its statement. "We have full confidence in the aircraft and our crew members, who are the best and most experienced in the industry."

Delta and United say they do not operate any 737 MAX 8s