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9m Entire Boeing 737 Max aircraft fleet grounded

The Associated Press

A Lion Air flight on a 737 Max 8 crashed in October in Indonesia, taking the lives of its 189 passengers and its crew.

Overnight, the United States' Federal Aviation Authority signalled the grounding of all 737 Max aircraft operating in American airspace.

"Garuda is reconsidering its upcoming order of 20 Boeing 737 MAXs after the two Boeing crashes", CEO Ari Askhara told reporters on Thursday, adding its only Boeing 737 MAX would stay grounded until "there's notification from the FAA".

Mr GebreMariam said all employees were given new training after the Lion Air disaster.

Monday's crash, shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, killed 157 people from 35 nations.

On Wednesday, Ethiopian's CEO hinted in an interview that the black box was due to be taken to Europe for analysis given that Ethiopia lacked that expertise.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order to ground the jets on Wednesday saying it made the decision based on "newly refined satellite data" and 'new evidence collected at the site and analyzed'.

"We service several of the Canadian operators so, they reached out to us to see if we had places for them to park the aircraft and, of course, we help out our customers just like everybody else does", says Robertson.

"We view the risk as less about near-term expenses, but the full year 737 delivery estimates for Boeing could be impacted", Herbert said in a research note.

A Sunwing spokesperson says the aircraft are not commercial flights and that they are positioning them in Windsor for the time being.

Boeing chief Dennis Muilenburg said he supported the U.S. decision "out of an abundance of caution" but had "full confidence" in the safety of the plane.

By the end of January, Boeing had delivered 350 of the Max 8 models.

The Max 8 that crashed on Sunday was one of 30 ordered as part of Ethiopian Airlines' expansion.

Caribbean Airlines has moved to further address concerns about the planned use of the Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft.

To recover from a stall, a pilot would normally push the plane's nose down.

Boeing has called for its entire worldwide fleet of 737 Max planes to be grounded after severe concerns for the passenger jet's safety sparked by two fatal crashes in recent months.

It was unclear if U.S. transport authorities review the database or investigate the incidents.

This means while Boeing will keep building its newest flagship product, it will put deliveries on hold until new software is installed, tests are carried out and the investigation into the Ethiopian crash provides some answers.

Investigators have drawn similarities between the crashes, and focused their attention on the aircrafts' anti-stall system.

Experts probing the Indonesian disaster said information from the flight data recorder showed the plane's automatic safety system repeatedly pushed it downward despite the pilots' desperate attempts to maintain control.

The Ethiopian Airlines pilots reported similar difficulties before their aircraft plunged to the ground as they tried to return to the airport.

There is a back and forth regarding investigations to unravel the exact cause of the March 10 Ethiopian Airline crash in the town of Bishoftu in the Oromia region.

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"It is hard to get a system to work seamlessly with human beings", he told AFP.