Boeing 737 MAX saga: Japan bans them, the USA’s are still grounded.

Following the Ethiopian Airlines crash last Sunday, Japan has banned Boeing 737 MAX on its territory, whereas the USA’s Boeing 737 MAX Airplanes are still grounded after Ethiopian Airlines accident.

THE BIG PICTURE: the latest crash of an Ethiopian Airlines has sparked many controversies over the cause of the accident, some countries grounded the US-made Boeing 737 MAX after this fatal accident. Meanwhile, French experts are set to examine the data of the recovered black box from the crash site.

 According to ta a Xinhua report, Japanese Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, and Tourism announced on Thursday that they banned Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 flights to or from Japanese airports after the recent fatal accident a Boeing 737 MAX Ethiopian Airlines and after their ban on Wednesday in the United States of America.

According to these departments, no Japanese airline currently is using 737 MAX Series aircraft. Five foreign airlines from Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand that previously flew with the Boeing 737 MAX in Japan were banned from flying.

In announcing this ban, Japan is following the example of some 40 countries that have already done so after the fatal crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 from Ethiopian Airlines, which killed the 157 people onboard last Sunday.

In October 2018, an aircraft of the Indonesian company Lion Air, also a Boeing 737 MAX 8, had crashed at sea off the Indonesian capital Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.

The United States on its part followed suit by grounding all Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 by the order of the President of the United States, Donald Trump.

The United States of America was the last big country not to have decided the ban of Boeing 737 MAX since two of these aircraft crashed in recent months.

Shortly after Trump’s statement, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it had ordered the temporary suspension of Boeing 737 MAX flights operated by the US or state-owned airlines.

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