Canada is the latest country to join other countries and airlines worldwide to ground the U.S-manufactured Boeing 737 MAX Jet aircraft following last weekend’s fatal air crash in Ethiopia where all 157 passengers and crew of an Ethiopian Airline were killed.

The announcement comes after a worldwide panic as numerous countries across the globe banned and grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 jets following Sunday’s crash.  

A Boeing 737 MAX jet approaches landing as countries worldwide suspend and ban the aircraft following the fatal Ethiopia Airline crash which killed all 157 passengers and crew on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Credit: AFP

Air Canada was forced to cancel its previously scheduled flights to the U.K. and Europe after they closed their airspace to the aircraft model on Tuesday.  

The Canadian national flagship carrier on Wednesday also cancelled two flights to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe since it still falls under French territorial control and therefore governed by EU aviation regulations. 

The U.K. was the first country to impose restrictions on Tuesday morning banning all Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets from its airspace, a move later replicated by the EU’s aviation regulatory body in the afternoon.  

Ireland, Germany, France and other countries in the Union later followed suit, making this a continental ban. 

A new Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet being rolled out of the factory in the U.S. as workers look on. Credit: Boeing

As of Tuesday, both the U.S. and Canada hadn’t banned, restricted or grounded the aircraft following a worldwide panic to do just that. 

However, the move by Canada on Wednesday is about to change all that and may add pressure to its neighbour and strongest ally to finally take a stand and ground its the biggest airline brand and best seller in the commercial aviation industry until safety concerns have been addressed.

An Ethiopian Airline crashed and killed all 157 passengers and crew on Sunday, March 10, 2019 raising question on the safety of The Boeing 737 MAX 8 Jet model. Credit: Ethiopian Airlines

The fatal crash of the Ethiopian Airline on Sunday has further increased scrutiny over the jet’s control system.

This is the second fatal crash in about five months involving the same aircraft model after Indonesia’s Lion Air crashed and killed 189 last October bringing scrutiny over the plane’s control system.

Indonesia’s Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet crashed and killed 189 on board in October 2018. Credit: CGK/SONY DSC

Although the cause of the crash is still under investigation, a growing list of countries has banned the American-built plane as questions over its safety and control system come under scrutiny.

Below is the list of countries and airlines that have imposed a ban on the Boeing 737 MAX jets.

—Argentina (Aerolíneas Argentinas)
—Brazil (GOL Linhas Aéreas)

—Canada (Air Canada)
—Cayman Islands (Cayman Airways)
—EASA member states
—Iceland (Icelandair)
—Mexico (Aeromexico)
—Mongolia (MIAT Mongolian Airlines)
—Morocco (Royal Air Maroc)
—Norway (Norwegian)
—South Africa (Comair)
—South Korea (Eastar Jet)
—United Kingdom (TUI Airways)

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