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Boeing grounds entire fleet of 737 Max aircraft


US President Donald Trump and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have ordered the grounding all US flights on Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 planes 'effective immediately' in an emergency order of prohibition.
The US plane-maker Boeing has also announced that it has grounded its entire global fleet of 737 Max aircraft after investigators uncovered new evidence at the scene of the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday in Addis Ababa killing 157 people.
Boeing said it would suspend all 371 of the aircraft, according to BBC.
The FAA said fresh evidence as well as newly refined satellite data prompted the decision to temporarily ban the jets. The FAA had previously held out while many countries banned the aircraft.
It was the second fatal Max 8 disaster in five months after a Lion Air aircraft crashed over Indonesia in October, claiming 189 lives.
The FAA has a team investigating the disaster at the Ethiopian Airlines crash site working with the National Transportation Safety Board.
Dan Elwell, acting administrator at the FAA, said: "It became clear to all parties that the track of the Ethiopian Airlines [flight] was very close and behaved very similarly to the Lion Air flight."
He added that "the evidence we found on the ground made it even more likely the flight path was very close to Lion Air's".
The US is the latest country to suspend the Boeing 737 Max from flying after nations including the UK, the European Union, China, India, Australia, Canada and Hong Kong all grounded the aircraft.

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