Countries quickly grounding Boeing jets acted 'prematurely,' not based in facts: GOP congressman

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Quick actions by dozens of countries to ground Boeing 737 Max planes before new evidence emerged Wednesday were “premature” and not based on “facts,” the ranking member on the Aviation subcommittee of the House Transportation Committee told CNBC.

“You can’t go out there and start grounding aircraft and cause a disruption in air travel and business around the United States and around the world based on emotion,” Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., told “Closing Bell.” “If you took that same standard and applied it to cars, boats and everything else, we’d all be walking.”

New evidence emerged Wednesday showing that the behavior of the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 before its crash Sunday was similar to that of the Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 before it plunged into the Java Sea in October shortly after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA said Wednesday

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