Breaking: US grounds 737 airlines; American Airlines' T&T flights cancelled

US President Donald Trump has announced that the US is grounding flights by Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft following the model’s second crash in five months on Sunday.

The president made the announcement in a news conference Wednesday.

American Airlines flight AA 2703 that was due to leave Piarco at 3.25 pm and flight AA2713 that was due to leave Miami at 5.55pm and arrive in T&T at 9.35 pm, have both been cancelled.

All flights that are in the air will be allowed to land before being grounded.

It follows the decision earlier in the day by Canada to also suspend flights on the Boeing 737 Max, joining a global rush to ground the single-aisle jetliner after the second deadly crash in five months even as U.S. regulators reiterated that there is “no basis’’ for restricting flights of the plane.

Investigators are still trying to determine why an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 plunged to the ground near Addis Ababa on March 10, killing 157.

American Airlines operates two of those flights between Trinidad and Tobago and Miami.

The decision will affect flights in and out of this country. 

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