TAMPA (FOX 13) - Fear is growing about the safety of a particular aircraft that commonly flies to and from Tampa International Airport.
This weekend's Ethiopian Airlines crash marks the second in six months for that particular model. Now, China, Indonesia, and several airlines have made the decision to ground their 737 MAX 8s.
Around 60 of them continue to fly in the U.S.
Two 737 MAX 8 flights arrived and departed TPA Monday.
Many pilots like aviation veteran Miles O’Brien say the planes should be grounded until more is known about the latest crash.
“Where the fire is we are not certain, but with this much smoke. I think it’s time to ground the aircraft,” O’Brien said.
In late October, a flight by Lion Air crashed off the coast of Indonesia, just after take-off, killing 189. This past weekend an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed in the same scenario leaving 157 dead.
“A modern high tech airline simply doesn’t fall out of the clear blue sky,” O’Brien said. “It seems to me the prudent thing is to ground the fleet.”
The 737 Max Series is one of Boeing’s best-selling models. Monday afternoon the Chicago based company's stock took a seven-point hit.
Calls to ground the planes come after an investigation into the Lion Air Crash revealed a computerized, anti-stall device, is thought to have operated when it should not have, sending the aircraft into a nose dive. It’s too early to know if that’s the case with the most recent crash.
Most MAX 8 planes in the U.S. are operated under Southwest and American Air. Both companies stand by their safety but say they are continuing to follow the investigation.