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Canada and America have now banned Boeing 737 Max aircraft from flying anywhere over the Great White North and the Land of the FreeTM, pending the implementation of new safety measures and training programs.
This comes after several nations, from the UK to Japan, grounded the passenger jets after two Boeing 737 Max 8s crashed in the past four months, killing 346 people onboard. Boeing has promised to deliver a software update to prevent future similar tragedies – the pair of accidents have been linked to Boeing's anti-stall technology, MCAS.
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Now, in the meantime, the US and Canada have agreed to block the troubled jets' flights out of safety concerns.
"Following advice from Transport Canada Civil Aviation experts, as a precautionary measure, I am issuing a safety notice to address this issue," Canada's Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said. "This safety notice restricts commercial passenger flights from any air operator, both domestic and foreign, of the Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft – from arriving, departing, or overflying Canadian airspace."
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Shortly after, President Trump said from the White House that he would be issuing a similar order to America's aviation watchdog, the FAA.
Boeing immediately responded with a statement of its own vowing to comply. Its stock price, by the way, has plummeted from $440 apiece at the start of the month to $375.
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"We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution. Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building airplanes; and it always will be," CEO Dan Muilenberg said. "There is no greater priority for our company...
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