"Solely Precautionary Measure": Hong Kong Bans Boeing 737 MAX Flights

Ethiopian Airlines said earlier it would send the two cockpit voice and data recorders overseas for analysis.

The Ethiopia Airlines and Lion Air flights both used 737 Max-8 aircraft.

Garneau previously said he had full confidence in the safety of the model and would not hesitate to board one. The order to ground the planes comes as other nations grounded the aircraft type, and under increasing pressure for the U.S.to follow suit.

In Kenya, which lost 32 citizens in the crash, a minute of silence was observed Thursday morning at the One Planet Summit on climate change attended by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Those jets don't fly through PGV Airport, but they do fly through Charlotte Douglas International Airport which is a hub for American Airlines.

Lebanon and Kosovo barred the Boeing 737 Max 8 from their airspace, and Norwegian Air Shuttles said it would seek compensation from Boeing after the low-priced carrier grounded its fleet.

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday the United States would join several other countries in grounding Boeing 737 Max aircraft. "They didn't fly them into Jacksonville", Booth said.

Air Canada has 24 MAX 8 aircraft, which it uses mainly for domestic and US routes, and cancelled London-bound flights from Halifax and St. John's, N.L., after the United Kingdom banned all Boeing MAX 8 jets from its airspace.

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Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of late dictator Kim Jong-il, had challenged his half-brother's succession to the top post. "I did not expect it", a visibly elated Aisyah told reporters as she was ushered into a vehicle outside the court.

These governments and airlines have suspended the use of the jets or banned them from entering their airspace.

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".

The FAA previously said a review had showed "no systemic performance issues".

"We will take further steps once more information on the cause of the crash in Ethiopia is available", he said.

The decision to ground Boeing 737 Max 8 planes in Canada amid safety concerns is being felt at airports around the globe.

Indonesia's Lion Air said Tuesday it was postponing taking delivery of four new Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets after the latest crash involving the aircraft.

Trump is calling the decision to ground the Max 8 and 9's more precautionary than mandatory, but Powell understands the reasoning for erring on the side of caution.

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