AKIPRESS.COM - US President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he would immediately ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft, amid global concerns over their involvement in two major plane crashes less than six months apart, US media report.
Boeing issued a statement saying they would recommend the temporary global suspension of the entire 737 Max fleet. Fifty countries have now grounded or banned the planes inside their airspace.
It has only been four days since the Ethiopian Airlines crash which killed 157 people and sparked the growing backlash.
On Thursday morning, the plane's black box is expected to arrive in Paris for analysis, potentially providing answers to victims' families still mourning their loved ones.
Boeing announced on Wednesday it would be recommending the grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes globally "out of an abundance of caution."
But the move hasn't stopped countries taking matters into their own hands, with Mexico, Panama and Thailand all subsequently announcing they would be suspending Boeing 737 Max jets temporarily.
In total, 50 countries have now grounded or banned the controversial Max 8 models which were involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash Sunday.