Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressmen Cohen Calls on FAA to Ground 737 Max 8 Planes

March 12, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Steve Cohen (D-TN), a senior member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation, today called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ground 737 Max 8 planes until it can confirm that they are safe to fly.  See his letter to Acting FAA Administrator Daniel K. Elwell here. Cohen’s actions followed a deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash this week which killed 157, and a Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“FAA’s first and most important job is to make sure that airplanes are safe.  The tragic crash in Ethiopia has raised legitimate questions.  Aviation officials around the globe are taking precautions, yet the FAA continues to drag its feet.  This is unacceptable.  The FAA needs to ground these planes until all safety questions are resolved.”

737 Max 8 planes have been grounded in at least 33 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.