US Grounds All Boeing 737 Max Planes

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Investigators are looking into what caused two crashes with the Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane in five months, one in Indonesia killing 189 people and another in Ethiopia killing 157 souls onboard on Sunday.

Experts compared the information to last October's Lion Air crash, which also involved a Max 8, and found evidence "suggesting a possible, though unproven, similarity in the flight profile".

Yesterday the FAA said 737 Max airliners would not be allowed to fly until new software had been "tested, approved and installed", a process likely to last until May, according to usa politicians briefed on the situation.

It said the CAD had noted that the U.S. Federation Aviation Administration has affirmed the planes' airworthiness and that investigations were ongoing.

On the same day, Panama's air carrier Copa Airlines made a decision to temporarily suspend the operation of its MAX 9 fleet.

"Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action".

A total of 50 countries, including the USA, has either grounded or banned the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane of the same model that killed all 157 people on board earlier this week.

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"It happens very rarely however it's precaution that you need to make sure to keep passengers safe, " said Hopper.

"We boarded, we sat down and we weren't even, not everyone was even boarded yet and the captain came out and said that we're grounded that we're on that plane", said Southwest passenger Kate Caravella.

Seabrook anticipates West Jet will redeploy other planes in its fleet while the Max 8 planes - and the less-widely used Max 9 jets - are banned from Canadian and American airspace. We remain confident in the safety and airworthiness of the MAX 8.

His discussion of the Boeing 737 Max 8 later this morning will come after he said Tuesday that he saw no reason to ground the aircraft, although he noted that "all options are on the table". All planes in the air at the time of the agency's order were allowed to reach their destinations but prohibited from taking off again, the FAA said in a statement.

Boeing will be permitted to finish manufacturing any 737 MAX now in production, but will not be allowed to use them.

"Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft", acting FAA Administrator Daniel K. Elwell said in a statement.