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FAA Deems Boeing 737 MAX 8 Plane Still Airworthy

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Shares of Boeing continued to face downward pressure on Tuesday despite the Federal Aviation Administration backing the aircraft manufacturer by deeming the Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane still airworthy after being involved in a deadly crash in Ethiopia over the weekend.

The incident marked the second deadliest crash involving the Boeing 737 MAX 8 within a span of just five months. This past weekend's crash took place shortly after takeoff and killed all 149 passengers on board.

Aviation officials in China, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia and Malaysia have already ordered the grounding of the aircraft. British regulators followed suit shortly thereafter, but the FAA has not been as quick to respond similarly just yet.

"External reports are drawing similarities between this accident and the Lion Air Flight 610 accident on October 29, 2018," the FAA said in its notice. "However, this investigation has just begun and to date we have not been provided data to draw any conclusions or take any actions."

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In January, Boeing posted an adjusted $5.48 per share during the fourth quarter, easily besting expectations in a Refinitiv survey of analysts who forecasted an EPS that was 91 cents lower. In addition, Boeing boasted strong revenue of $28.3 billion, which was $1 billion more than Wall Street expectations.

Furthermore, Boeing posted an annual revenue of over $100 billion coupled with a strong earnings guidance for 2019.

“We are confident in the safety of the 737 Max and in the work of the men and women who design and build it,” Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a message to employees after the FAA released its statement.

“There are still many facts to learn and work to be done,” Muilenburg added. “Speculating about the cause of the accident or discussing it without all the necessary facts is not appropriate and could compromise the integrity of the investigation.”

Shares of Boeing fell another 5 percent on Tuesday after falling as much as 8 percent in the early trading session on Monday. The  iShares US Aerospace & Defense ETF (ITA) , which has a 12.36 percent weighting in Boeing fell 0.67 percent as of 11:15 a.m. ET.

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