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Aviation Attorney Says Trump's Move to Ground Boeing Jets May Have 'Political Overtones'

03/14/2019

Aviation attorney Mark Dombroff told Hill.TV on Thursday that he believes President Trump's emergency order to ground Boeing's 737 Max 8 and Max 9 passenger jets could have had "political overtones" and was influenced by other countries' decisions to ground aircraft.

"I think one can make an argument without having any more information that was revealed yesterday regarding satellite photos, regarding inspection at the scene, that the decision that was made perhaps has some political overtones to it," Dombroff told hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising."

"Pressure from the international community, pressure from [Capitol Hill] and so forth, as opposed to actual air safety considerations," he continued.

Trump's move followed decisions by Canada, the European Union and other nations to ground the Boeing planes after an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board.

And last October, 189 people died when a 737 Max 8 operated by Lion Air crashed in Indonesia.

Read the full article in The Hill here.

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