Boeing's infamous 737 Max plane has a new issue, and 16 airlines are being told to ground planes

  • Boeing’s 737 Max, which was involved in two fatal crashes, has a new issue.
  • Boeing said that some jets have “a potential electrical issue” and recommended they not be flown.
  • At least 16 airlines are affected, including Southwest, United, and American.
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Dozens of Boeing’s 737 Max plane, which was involved in two fatal crashes, have another issue.

The company said Friday that some of the planes are facing “a potential electrical issue.” As a result, the plane-maker recommended 16 airlines immediately ground their affected models so that the issue can be resolved.

“We are working closely with the US Federal Aviation Administration on this production issue,” Boeing said. “We are also informing our customers of specific tail numbers affected and we will provide direction on appropriate corrective actions.”

Boeing did not specify which airlines or how many planes were affected, but Southwest Airlines, United, and American Airlines confirmed separately that they were. Southwest said 30 of its planes were affected. For American, it was 17, and 16 for United, the companies said.

Sources briefed on the matter told Reuters that 90 planes worldwide were affected. 

Boeing’s 737 has been in production since the late ’60s, but the most recent model — the 737 Max — has been notoriously problem-riddled. It was involved in two fatal crashes, with 346 fatalities, and was grounded worldwide for more than a year as Boeing worked with the Federal Aviation Administration and international regulators to sort out the plane’s issues.

It was recertified for flight in late 2020, and Boeing recently began delivering new models to waiting customers.

Shares of Boeing fell slightly, about 1.4%, in early trading Friday following the announcement.

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