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U.S. lawmakers say Boeing 737 MAX 8 grounded for at least 'weeks'

15 March 2019

As Ethiopia's crash probe starts in France, U.S. lawmakers say Boeing's 737 MAX 8 will be grounded for at least weeks.

On Thursday, U.S. lawmakers said after a briefing with the acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration that Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 planes will remain grounded for "weeks" at a minimum, until a software upgrade could be tested and installed in all of the planes.

The 737 MAX has been banned from flying in most countries after an Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday that killed all 157 people on board. This was a second deadly incident involving the relatively new Boeing model in five months. In October, a Lion Air jet crashed in Indonesia killing all 189 people on board. Lion Air postponed deliveries until the final report on its October crash. The airline has not yet decided whether to cancel the order for 737 MAX.