Boeing defends 737 Max as countries suspend use of aircraft

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The Boeing Company says it has “full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX.”

The American company made the remark on Tuesday in response to moves by various countries to halt the use of the Boeing 737 Max 8 following Sunday’s tragic plane crash in Ethiopia.

“We understand that regulatory agencies and customers have made decisions that they believe are most appropriate for their home markets. We’ll continue to engage with them to ensure they have the information needed to have confidence in operating their fleets. The United States Federal Aviation Administration is not mandating any further action at this time, and based on the information currently,” Boeing said in a statement.

Countries including Ethiopia, China, Singapore, Australia, Indonesia and the UK have suspended the use of the Boeing 737 Max 8 as reports emerge that the company may have made some software changes without training pilots.

Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash happened just a few minutes after takeoff from Bole International Airport heading to Kenya, killing all 157 people on board.

The fatal crash marks the second time that a new Boeing 737 Max-8 plane has gone down in five months, the first being off the coast of Indonesia, last October.

As investigations into the cause of the crash continue, the plane’s Black Box was retrieved on Monday. The box is expected to help investigators in the probe.

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