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Japan bans Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircrafts

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grounded all flight operations of 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft from its airspace, the informed on Thursday.

The Times quoted the as saying that the Japanese themselves do not use the aircraft while other foreign have also stopped using the aircraft for conducting flights operations to and from

Japan's decision came after the on Wednesday announced to ground Boeing's 737 Max planes, reversing an earlier decision by authorities to keep the aircraft flying, in the wake of a deadly crash involving one of its jets in Ethiopia, which killed all 157 people on board.

Almost 40 countries, including Canada, India, and Ethiopia, have banned the operations of 737 Max aircraft amid intense pressure about its safety concerns.

An aircraft of the same make was also involved in the Lion plane crash in the Sea near Jakarta, last year. Here too, the aircraft crashed a few minutes after taking off, claiming the lives of all 189 people on board.

The U.S. Federal Administration (FAA) earlier this week said that it will order Boeing to redesign on the plane that erroneously pushed the nose down repeatedly.

The FAA further noted that it is closely monitoring the situation in and the Max 8 aircraft in general.

In a statement, FAA said, "The FAA continuously assesses and oversees the safety performance of U.S. commercial aircraft", adding, "If we identify an issue that affects safety, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action."

Investigation of the cockpit voice recorder of the crashed revealed that one of two pilots on the ill-fated flight number 302 had reported "flight-control problems" to air traffic controllers minutes after the plane crashed after taking off from

The pilot told the controllers that he wanted to turn back to the airport, which he was cleared to do so, three minutes before contact was lost with the cockpit, a for the said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 21:58 IST