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Oman, UAE grounds Boeing 737 MAXs after Ethiopia crash

AP  |  Dubai 

and the United Arab barred flights by 737 MAX aircraft on Tuesday following the crash of an Ethiopian jetliner, closing down two key markets for the airplane on the

The decision by came first as the neighbouring United Arab initially just said it had joined US authorities and Co. "to investigate and collect data" to help solve what happened in Sunday's crash in that killed all 157 people on board. Late Tuesday, it announced 737 MAX 8 and 9 aircraft had been grounded.

Oman's Public Authority for Civil made the sultanate's announcement, without elaborating on its reasoning.

The state-owned Air, which operates five MAX 8 aircraft, said flights operated by those planes "will be suspended as soon as possible."

"We are in the process of making the necessary rescheduling and will advise our guests of any flight cancellations," the said.

Oman, ruled by for nearly 40 years, sits on the eastern edge of the

Since the crash Sunday, regulators across the world have begun grounding the aircraft as an investigation into the disaster's cause continues.

Meanwhile, the UAE's General Civil Authority made the announcement it would join the ongoing investigation into the crash and ground and 9s via the agency.

It said it was in touch with authorities in and elsewhere, calling its ban on the aircraft in its airspace "a precautionary measure" as there were similarities between the Ethiopian crash and another earlier of a flight in

The 737 MAX is the workhorse of the government-owned It operates 11 and 2 MAX 9 jetliners. Its total fleet is around 60 aircraft, including other models of the 737.

Earlier on Tuesday, said that "no further action is required at this time" over the aircraft. After the banned the aircraft, the said it would be "adjusting its schedule to minimize disruption to passengers.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 08:25 IST