Several SLC airlines fly 737 Max 8 Jet involved in deadly Ethiopia crash

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A growing number of airlines have grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 Jet.

China, Indonesia as well as Cayman and Ethiopian Airlines are among them.

Of the nine airlines that fly out of Salt Lake City International Airport, five of them fly the 737 Max.

The airlines are Aeromexico, Alaska, American, Southwest and United Airlines.

This is according to Boeing’s website.

Of the U.S. airlines flying locally, Southwest has the most 737 Max 8’s in its fleet with 34.

American Airlines has 24.

Neither airline has plans to ground the aircraft.

Both have released statements.

Southwest said, “We remain confident in the safety and airworthiness of our fleet of more than 750 Boeing aircraft.”

While American said, “At this time there are no facts on the cause of the accident. We have full confidence in the aircraft and our crew members.”

The controversy surrounding the 737 Max 8 follows Sunday’s deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash in which 157 people including eight Americans died.

This is the second time in just six months the aircraft has gone down just minutes after take off.

The first was back in October when a flight plummeted into the Java Sea in Indonesia killing 189 people.

Both crashes are under investigation.

In the wake of Sunday’s accident, Boeing’s stock has been impacted. Its shares dropped more than 12  percent shortly after trading opened on Monday.

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