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US, Israel join Boeing 737 Max ban

March 14, 2019 11:10 A.M. (Updated: March 15, 2019 11:11 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The United States issued an emergency order, on Wednesday, grounding all flights involving Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 “effective immediately,” following a deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash.

Dozens of countries had already banned the Boeing 737 Max 8 from its airspace after Ethiopian Airlines crashed with 149 passengers and eight crew members on board, making it the second fatal accident involving the same model in less than five months.

During a scheduled briefing on border security, US President Donald Trump announced, “All of those planes are grounded, effective immediately.”

Trump said that any plane currently in the air will go to its destination and then be grounded.

Following Trump’s announcement, Israeli Transportation Minister, Israel Katz, also said he would ban the Boeing 737 Max 8 from flying over Israeli airspace.

Katz mentioned that although Israeli airlines do not possess the model, he decided to join the “global campaign” as a precautionary measure.

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