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UK grounds Boeing 737 Max aircrafts following deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash

Posted: 10:17 AM, Mar 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-12 22:18:53-04

HEJERE, Ethiopia — British regulators have grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft following the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority says in a statement Tuesday that though it had been monitoring the situation, it had as a precautionary measure "issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace."

Some five 737 Max 8 aircraft are registered and operational in the United Kingdom, while a sixth had planned to commence operations later this week.

Several countries have now grounded the planes.

Experts are chasing details on why the plane crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 on board. Answers could take months.