Canadian government is grounding all Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes

The ban on the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft spread worldwide after US President Donald Trump joined Canada and other countries in grounding the aircraft amid intense pressure about the safety concerns

The ban on the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft spread worldwide after US President Donald Trump joined Canada and other countries in grounding the aircraft amid intense pressure about the safety concerns

According to Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde Gebremariam, Boeing should ground all of its 737 MAX 8 jets until they are proven to be safe.

A Lion Air Max plane crashed on Oct 29, souring relations with Boeing after the manufacturer pointed to maintenance issues and human error as the underlying cause, even though the flights pilots had been battling a computerized system that took control following a sensor malfunction.

Two-thirds of the 737 MAX aircraft have been grounded globally, and Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told the BBC the world's biggest planemaker should ground all such craft until their safety is established.

The Indian government has made a decision to bar Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from flying in Indian skies and will not take any deliveries of the narrowbody jet until safety concerns are cleared, an official from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said.

Meanwhile, Norwegian Air Shuttles said it will demand compensation from Boeing company, the aircraft maker, after grounding its fleet of 737 MAX 8 aircraft numbering 18.

In Addis Ababa, angry relatives of the 157 people who were killed Sunday stormed out of a meeting with airline officials, complaining that they were not getting enough information.

"Regarding Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 that had been in the news recently, there is no cause for alarm as there is no operator in Nigeria that is using that type of airplane".

Air Canada, for example, announced it was canceling flights to London following Britain's decision to ban the aircraft.

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US Representative Rick Larsen said the software upgrade would take a few weeks to complete, and installing it on every plane would take "at least through April".

That crash left 189 people dead.

He said: "Regarding Air Peace and Arik orders, whether those orders were confirmed or intent, it is to our knowledge in the ministry that they won't be in the country until the next two years or so".

China, a hugely important market for Boeing, on Monday ordered domestic airlines to suspend operations of the plane. He said pilots have been given additional training and flight procedures on what they have to do if a similar situation occured.

"There are lots of reasons why aircraft can run into difficulty", Garneau said.

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He says that affects airlines like Air Canada, WestJet and Sunwing, and also has implications for airlines from outside the country.

The latest suspensions come as thousands of Canadians are away on March break, stoking fears of stranded passengers and rebooking delays. The plane's passengers included nine Ethiopians, in addition to Ethiopian crew.

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