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US and Canada Among Latest to Ban Boeing 737 Max 8, 9 After Ethiopia Crash

© AP Photo / Ted S. WarrenWorkers build a Boeing Co. 737 at the company's Renton, Wash. assembly plant Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006
Workers build a Boeing Co. 737 at the company's Renton, Wash. assembly plant Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006 - Sputnik International
The statement comes after Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 faced an almost worldwide airspace ban following a deadly crash near the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, which resulted in the deaths of at least 157 people.

US President Donald Trump also stated that he would ground the 737 planes until Boeing arrives at a solution to the safety issues.

"We're going to be issuing an emergency order of prohibition to ground all flights of the 737 MAX 8 and the 737 MAX 9 and planes associated with that line", he said.

According to him, Federal Aviation Administration will make an announcement regarding the new information and physical evidence received from the site and other locations. Boeing, in turn, stated it has "full confidence" in safety of the 737 MAX, noting, however, that the company fully backs the grounding.

READ MORE: Ethiopian Airlines Urges Boeing to Ground All 737 Max 8 Until Ruled Safe to Fly

Earlier in the day, Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau also said that his country grounded the aircraft.

"The measure taken this morning is effective immediately", Garneau stated while explaining the 737 MAX 8 ban, later adding that "it’s done for safety reasons".

Previously, EU states also prohibited the aircraft from entering their airspace, as did China, India, Egypt, Vietnam, and many other countries across the world.

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On Wednesday morning Flightradar24 reported that the US and Canada were the only countries where the 737 MAX 8 model was still operating.

The fatal incident near Addis Ababa that triggered bans on the aircraft around the world became the second deadly accident involving a 737 MAX 8 in just five months, with a plane belonging to Indonesia’s Lion Air with 187 people on board crashing into the Java Sea in October 2018.

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