UK Becomes Latest Country To Ban Boeing 737 MAX 8


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The U.K. is banning Boeing 737 MAX commercial flights from operating in U.K. airspace, as a “precautionary measure,” the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority announced Tuesday morning.

The decision comes days after a 737 MAX 8 airplane crashed in Ethiopia, killing all 157 passengers on board. The U.K. joins four other countries, including China, Indonesia, Singapore, and Australia in banning the Boeing 737 MAX series. (RELATED: 8 Americans Die In Plane Crash That Has China Grounding Planes)

The tragedy in Ethiopia comes just six months after the same model crashed in Indonesia last year, killing all 189 passengers aboard the Lion Air flight.

Boeing is reportedly standing by its aircraft and has no further guidance to offer operators.

Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney called on the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday to ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 flights while an investigation ensues. (RELATED: Madeleine Albright Apologizes To Mitt Romney For Mocking Russia Warnings During 2012 Campaign)

“Out of an abundance of caution for the flying public, the [FAA] should ground the 737 MAX 8 until we investigate the causes of recent crashes and ensure the plane’s airworthiness,” Romney said on Twitter.

In a notification to the international community, the FAA said Monday that they had no plans to ground said flights.

“External reports are drawing similarities between this accident and the Lion Air Flight 610 accident on October 29, 2018,” they said. “However, this investigation has just begun and to date we have not been provided data to draw any conclusions or take any actions.”

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