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US on Wednesday announced that his administration was grounding Boeing's 737 planes, reversing an earlier decision by authorities to keep the flying, in the wake of a deadly crash involving one of its jets in Ethiopia, which killed all 157 people on board.

Trump said from the on Wednesday that planes currently in the air would be ordered to land at their destination and remain grounded, and that airlines and pilots had been notified of the decision, reported.

"The safety of the American people, of all people, is our paramount concern," Trump was quoted by as saying.

After over 40 countries had banned Boeing's 737 following the deadly March 10 crash, there were calls in the US to follow suit.

But, the Federal Administration, the country's regulator, stated that it did not see "no systemic performance issues" that would prompt the agency to stop the flights of the jet.

"is an incredible company. They are working very, very hard right now and hopefully they'll very quickly come up with the answer, but until they do, the planes are grounded," Trump said.

On Tuesday, Boeing's chief executive, had met the US and assured him that the jets were safe. The meeting came after Trump tweeted that "airplanes are far too complex to fly".

The US' move came hours after said that the country had banned 737 8 and 9 from its airspace.

Canada's said that the newly available showed similarities between the crash in and another similar accident in in October last year.

"The satellite tracing data showing the vertical path of the Ethiopian jet at take off and similar data from the Lion Air crash, had showed similar vertical fluctuations and oscillations," Garneau was quoted by as saying.

Several countries including Australia, Singapore, UK, Ireland, France, India, and the have also disallowed the aircraft from operation in its airspace. A host of carriers like Jet Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Aeromexico, and have also grounded their fleets containing the said aircraft, citing customer safety.

An aircraft of the same make was also involved in the 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 groundings of MAX flights after the said 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. 01:39 IST
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