American Airlines has flown more than 2.5 million passengers on almost 18,000 flights safely on its Boeing 737 Max 8 fleet since November 2017 when it first began using the aircraft, according to a company statement posted Wednesday.
However, there have been incidents of pilots reporting that the system tipped the aircraft's nose downwards within minutes of take-off, forcing them to step in to stop the plane from dropping.
Southwest Airlines has removed its fleet of 34 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from service, which accounts for less than five percent of its daily flights, according to a company statement released Wednesday.
And this sources have told Reuters is similar to the one seen in the wreckage of an Indonesian Max 8 which crashed a year ago.
The deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane on Sunday is having a ripple effect across aviation.
Debris at the scene of the plane crash in Ethiopia
Both crashes remain under investigation, but a preliminary investigation of the Lion Air crash showed pilots fighting with an automatic safety system for control of the jet. We hear from two aviation experts on the future of aviation safety and whether a lack of pilot training may have played a role.
One of the black box flight recorder from the crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet, in le Bourget, north of Paris.
The agency on Wednesday reversed course and grounded all Boeing 737 Max narrow-body jets.
As of 12:50 p.m. ET Friday, Air Canada's stock was down 1.2 per cent this week from Monday, the day after the Ethiopian Airline crash involving the Max 8 which killed 157, including 18 Canadians.
He added that "the evidence we found on the ground made it even more likely the flight path was very close to Lion Air's".