Ethiopian Airlines Crash, Boeing, the FAA and Trump’s Budget Request – 13 News Stories You Need to Know

 

Ethiopian Airlines crash

 

On Sunday, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed shortly after takeoff en route to Nairobi, Kenya, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, killing all 157 passengers and crew onboard. The flight data and voice recorder were recovered from the scene early Monday morning as authorities look for answers on why the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet crashed just six minutes after takeoff. Initial reports indicate that seconds after the flight took off, the pilots made a distress call and wanted to turn the plane around before nosediving and crashing.

 

Boeing

 

Boeing is facing scrutiny following the Ethiopian Airlines accident as this is the second 737 MAX 8 aircraft to crash in less than 5 months. The previous crash involving this specific aircraft was in October 2018, when Lion Air Flight 610 crashed into the ocean off the coast of Indonesia 12 minutes after takeoff, killing all 189 passengers and crew onboard. A preliminary investigation detailed that passengers and crew on the previous Lion Air flight noticed issues with the 737 MAX 8 jet and signs of instrument failure. In response, Boeing issued a warning to all operators of the aircraft that incorrect readings from the flight-monitoring system can cause the plane to abruptly dive. Given the two disasters involving the same aircraft in such a short time, aviation experts and the public have questioned the airworthiness of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and whether Boeing did enough following the Lion Air crash to investigate and resolve any potential issues.

 

There are currently 350 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets in operation around the world and over 5,000 have been ordered since 2017. Southwest Airlines has the most 737 MAX 8 jets than any other airline and has also ordered more of these aircrafts than any other carrier.

 

The FAA

 

In response to the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, airlines in China, Indonesia, and Ethiopia were ordered to ground their fleets of Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets in an abundance of caution. Meanwhile, U.S. carriers stand by the safety of the aircraft and have tried to calm traveler’s fears, including Southwest Airlines that maintained their “unwavering” commitment to safety. The Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates civil aviation, released a notice on Monday that declined to order the grounding of the 737 MAX 8 and reasserted its airworthiness. However, the FAA said it would mandate Boeing to make “design changes” to the MCAS automated computer system and flight crew manual by April. The faulty MCAS system is viewed by aviation experts as the cause of the Lion Air crash that erroneously signaled a stall and sent the plane in a nosedive. Boeing has also planned to update training requirements for pilots on how to safely maneuver in such scenarios.

 

Trump’s $8.6 billion for border wall

 

President Trump will request an additional $8.6 billion from Congress to fund construction on the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The annual budget request to Congress will ask for a larger budget for the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense to pay for building sections of the border wall. The U.S. entered a 35-day government shutdown earlier this year after President Trump and Congress were deadlocked over a $5.7 billion demand for border spending. Now, Trump is asking for almost $3 billion more after conceding to Congress in February when he signed a spending bill that gave him much less in border-related expenditures. The latest ask by the President is likely to revive the border fight, but the $8.6 billion proposal is expected to be dead on arrival in Congress.

 

Trump’s record budget

 

President Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion budget that would send the federal deficit past $1 trillion, but the President believes his budget priorities will expand U.S. economic growth. The deficit will reach its highest in a decade, likely sending the $22 trillion national debt higher.

 

2020 Democratic Convention

 

The Democratic National Committee has selected Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the site to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Party Chairman Tom Perez made the decision, selecting the Midwestern city over larger competitors like Miami and Houston who also bid to host the political party’s biggest event. The state gained much attention during the 2016 presidential election after Hillary Clinton failed to win the state, helping Donald Trump secure the presidency. Holding the convention in Wisconsin is also seen as an effort by Democrats to boost their elect-ability in much-needed the swing-state.

 

Tucker Carlson’s comments

 

Fox News host Tucker Carlson is facing backlash after old radio interviews surfaced in which he made demeaning comments about women and controversial statements about child rape. In the clips from the interviews that were conducted between 2006 and 2011, Carlson called women “extremely primitive,” said he feels “sorry for unattractive women,” used the c-word to describe one woman, and referred another woman as a “pig” and two others as “whores.” The comments were made on a radio program called “Bubba the Love Sponge,” and were published by Media Matters and circulated on social media. Some of the remarks were made when Carlson and the radio hosts discussed cult leader and convicted child sex offender Warren Jeffs, who was accused of arranging marriages between underage girls and adult men. Carlson seemed to defend Jeffs, saying Jeffs would be set free if he were to decide, and attributed his crimes as something not as serious as violent sexual assault.

 

Nancy Pelosi on impeaching Trump

 

In a recent interview with the Washington Post, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discussed impeaching President Trump saying, “I’m not for impeachment,” a position that is at odds with some progressive House Democrats who have pushed for impeaching the President. While she reiterated that she believes Trump is unfit for the office he holds, Pelosi added, “I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”

 

Tesla raises prices

 

Tesla announced that it will raise the prices of Tesla vehicles by 3% worldwide on March 18th, but the price of the Model 3 will stay the same at $35,000. The news comes as the company previously announced that it would be closing all of its Tesla retail locations and make the shift to online-only sales. The Model S, Model X, and pricier Model 3 variants will all increase in price as the company works to improve its bottom-line.

 

Dozens injured in New York-bound flight

 

29 passengers were injured on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul, Turkey, to New York City after experiencing unusual severe turbulence shortly before landing on Saturday evening. The Boeing 777 was carrying 347 on board and landed safely at John F. Kennedy International Airport, where the FDNY responded to treat mostly “non-life-threatening injuries” such as bumps and bruises. However, an additional ten people were taken to an area hospital and one person reportedly suffered a broken leg.

 

Seattle massage parlors

 

The Seattle Police department arrested six people and recused 26 women after raiding and shutting down 11 massage parlors and spas following a three-and-a-half-year human sex trafficking investigation in the city. The massage parlors were located in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District and were said to be involved in an expansive sex trade network that operated for years. The 26 sex workers recused from criminal network ranged in age from 20 to 65 and were brought to the U.S. from China, working inside the businesses up to 20 hours a day, seven days a week. The women resided in dirty, unkempt conditions and earned minimal pay while the operators of the businesses made hundreds of thousands of dollars. The 6 individuals were charged with promoting prostitution and money laundering.

 

Jaguar attacks woman at an Arizona Zoo

 

An Arizona woman learned a serious lesson after a jaguar attacked her when she crossed a concrete barrier to take a selfie with the animal. The woman was visiting Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park near Phoenix when authorities said the jaguar grabbed her and clawed her arm as she got far too close to the exhibit. Cellphone video captured the aftermath of the incident, where the woman was seen crying in pain after bystanders freed her from the jaguar’s grasp. Witnesses dialed 911 and described the gruesome injuries to her arm which required medical attention. Zoo officials said the jaguar will not be euthanized because it was not at fault. As for the woman who was attacked, she admitted wrongdoing and apologized to zoo staff.

 

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are engaged!

 

Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez and former New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez (aka. “A-Rod”) announced their engagement on Saturday after dating for two years. Rodriguez made the announcement in an Instagram post of the 15-carat emerald-cut diamond ring with the caption, “She said yes.”

 

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