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United States grounds all Boeing 737 Max planes

United States grounds all Boeing 737 Max planes

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) late on Tuesday ordered "grounding the Boeing 737-MAX planes immediately" after aviation authorities across the globe, with the notable exception of the USA, chose to ground the particular aircraft following Sunday's crash of an Ethiopian Airlines' aircraft of the same model killing all 157 people on board.

Despite his new grounding order, Garneau said the American authority is "an extremely professional organization" and Canada is "very comfortable" with it as a certifying agency for American makers' airplanes. The drop has lopped $26.65 billion off Boeing's market value.

Although investigation of the Ethiopian Airlines crash is only just beginning, available radar data seems to suggest similar flight profile characteristics with that of the Lion Air crash.

At a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Bridenstine said he would have no qualms about flying in one of the planes, even as aviation officials in Europe and around the world have ordered hundreds of Boeing aircraft grounded. "We continue to consult closely with regulators around the world, airlines and aircraft manufacturers to ensure passenger safety", it Tweeted late on Tuesday.

"The safety of the American people and all people is our paramount concern", Trump said.

A lot of emphasis in the Ethiopian Airlines crash investigation will be centred on what can be learned from the flight data recorders.

Southwest and American Airlines are still flying the Boeing 737 Max 8.

An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed minutes after taking off from capital Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board. Both planes crashed shortly after takeoff.

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After the Boeing 737 Max's deadly crash on Sunday-its second within six months-the European Union and several other countries grounded the model.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said their pilots had received special training. The Boeing 737 flight manual includes a procedure for pilots to counter any problems in the aircraft's automatic trim system by disconnecting the autopilot and auto throttle systems. "In fact he was allowed to turn back", he said.

Only charred fragments of victims remain, meaning it will take weeks to identify all of them using dental or DNA testing.

The passengers came from more than 30 nations. Much of the 737 MAX 8 aircraft and its systems are common to earlier variants.

Many airlines were keeping to schedule by using other jets while economic woes meant some may be grateful for a pause.

Boeing has confirmed that, for the past few months, it has been developing a "flight control software enhancement" for the aircraft, but says it is confident they are safe to fly. They should notify the passengers before.

The pilot was named as Senior Capt Yared Getachew who Ethiopian Airlines said had a "commendable performance" with more than 8,000 hours in the air. "But we hope and expect that our MAXes will be airborne soon", Norwegian Air's founder and Chief Executive Bjoern Kjos said in a video recording released on social media. All 189 people on the flight died.

The United Arab Emirates' aviation regulator said on Tuesday there were "marked similarities" between the crashes, and China's regulator noted both occurred shortly after take-off.