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EU joins wave of countries banning Boeing 737 Max

March 13, 2019 11:26 A.M. (Updated: March 14, 2019 3:51 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The European Union banned the Boeing 737 Max from flying over their airspace, on Tuesday, to ensure passenger safety following an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed shortly after liftoff, killing 157 aboard.

Among countries that would be grounding all flights involving Boeing 737, are the United Kingdom, Germany, France, India, Ireland, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, China, Morocco, and Singapore.

The long list of countries banning the plane came after the Ethiopian Airlines crash since it was the second fatal accident involving the 737 Max 8 model in less than five months.

The EU Aviation Safety Agency said it is suspending the plane "as a precautionary measure."

The agency also confirmed that investigators have recovered the flight recorders from the Ethiopian Airlines plane, "The accident investigation is currently ongoing, and it is too early to draw any conclusions as to the cause of the accident."

Following Germany banning flights with the plane, German Transport Minister, Andreas Scheuer, stressed that "Safety comes first.”

Scheuer added, "Until all doubts have been cleared up, I have ordered that German airspace be closed to all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with immediate effect.”

Nevertheless, the United States and Canada are the only two countries flying a considerable amount of the plane.

However, the US Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Union called for the Federal Aviation Administration "to temporarily ground the 737 Max fleet in the US out of an abundance of caution."

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