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The United States has joined a slew of other countries around the globe in grounding Boeing’s 737 Max Aircraft following an Ethiopian Airlines crash which killed all 157 people on board.
The Ethiopian Airlines crash comes just five months after a Boeing 737 Max 8 was involved in a Lion Air crash in Indonesia which killed 189 people. The Federal Aviation Administration made the decision to ground the fleet after discovering similarities in the flight path data of the two airliners prior to each crash.
The ban affects Boeing 737 Max Aircraft 8 planes used by Southwest Airlines and American Airlines. It also includes Boeing 737 Max Aircraft 9 planes operated by United Airlines.
According to Reuters, the planes could be grounded for “weeks” until a software upgrade can be tested and installed in all of the planes.
According to USA Today, both black boxes from the Ethiopian Airlines crash have been sent to France for examination. Preliminary information could take several days to extract, a spokesman for France’s Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation revealed.