President Trump orders US grounding of 737 Max planes

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(NBC News) — Boeing’s 737 Max jets have been grounded as investigators continue to search for a cause in Sunday’s deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash.

President Trump announced the grounding Wednesday afternoon amid mounting pressure from aviation experts and other groups.

“We’re going to be issuing an emergency order of prohibition to ground all flights of the 737 Max 8 and the 737 Max 9 and planes associated with that line,” Trump announced, referring to “new information and physical evidence that we’ve received” in addition to some complaints.”

The United States was the last country to join in banning 737 Max flights. Several others took action soon after the crash.

This week’s Ethiopian Airlines crash and the loss of a Lion Air jet in October killed a combined 346 people.

Several American pilots submitted complaints about the 737 Max in the months leading up to the crash. Several reported automated safety systems forcing the nose of the plane down during takeoff if the autopilot is engaged.

Boeing insists its plane is safe but says it will send out an urgent software update to fix a glitch in the 737’s anti-stall system in the coming weeks. 

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