On Monday, Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority suspended all 737 Max flights in and out of Australia That action followed China's decision to temporarily ground 737 Max planes operating in the nation.
USA pilots have complained about the 737 Max, saying its systems have limited their control, according to a confidential US government report. Two Israelis were killed in the crash, and members of an emergency response team from the country said they are frustrated because they have not been able to access the crash site.
Following last October's Lion Air crash in Indonesia, investigators said the pilots had appeared to struggle with an automated system created to keep the plane from stalling, a new feature of the jet.
On Wednesday, both Canada and the U.S. announced the aircraft would be temporarily grounded in North America, citing concerns stemming from a deadly plane crash in Ethiopia on Sunday that killed 157 people, including 18 Canadians.
"There is no capacity here so the black box will be sent elsewhere for analysis".
The manufacturer said it would continue its production rate of 52 aircraft per month, but its MAX fleet would not be delivered to airlines or leasing companies.
The Boeing 737 Max has been the fastest-selling aircraft in Boeing's history, with more than 4,500 ordered by 100 different operators globally. "We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again", the company added.
By the end of January, Boeing had delivered 350 of the Max 8 models.
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Investigators are focusing on whether the plane's automatic anti-stall system malfunctioned, forcing the plane's nose down when there was no danger of a stall.
The national airline of Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean Airlines (CAL), says it will not acquire the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft if it is found that it does not meet required safety standards.
There is a back and forth regarding investigations to unravel the exact cause of the March 10 Ethiopian Airline crash in the town of Bishoftu in the Oromia region.
Flight ET 302, heading to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, crashed about 50km outside the Ethiopian capital six minutes after taking off.
The accounts of the recent crashes were echoed in concerns registered by USA pilots on how the MAX 8 behaves.
Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 planes will remain grounded for "weeks" until the updates to faulty software are tested, United States lawmakers said after a briefing with Federal Aviation Administration officials.
Though it maintains the planes are safe, Boeing has supported the FAA move.