More Boeings grounded amid global probe into Ethiopia crash, but not in US

Undated photo of a Boeing 737 Max 8. (Photo: Boeing/MGN)
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HEJERE, Ethiopia (AP/KKTV) - A growing number of airlines grounded a new Boeing plane involved in the Ethiopian Airlines disaster as a global team of investigators began picking through the rural crash site on Tuesday.

Some airlines cited worried customers for grounding the Boeing 737 Max 8, as experts chased details on why the plane crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday, killing all 157 on board. Answers could take months.

Norwegian Air Shuttle joined the growing list of international airlines to ground the aircraft. Others include Australia, Singapore, the U.K., Malaysia, Oman, and South Korean airline Eastar Jet.

Boeing, however, has said it has no reason to pull the popular aircraft from the skies, and it does not intend to issue new recommendations about the aircraft to customers. Its technical team joined American, Israeli and other aviation experts in the investigation led by Ethiopian authorities.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it expects Boeing will soon complete improvements to an automated anti-stall system suspected of contributing to the deadly crash of another new Boeing 737 Max 8 in October, and update training requirements and related flight crew manuals.

Safety experts have cautioned against drawing too many comparisons too soon with that Lion Air crash of the same model that killed 189 people in Indonesia.

American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are the only two airlines in the U.S. flying the 737 Max 8. Both said Monday they remained confident in their fleet and would not be grounding the aircraft.