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Brazil grounds Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes following fatal crash


Added 03-13-19 08:03:02pm EST - “Brazil on Wednesday became the first major Latin American nation to suspend Boei...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Brazil grounds Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes following fatal crash”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SAO PAULO/PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Brazil on Wednesday became the first major Latin American nation to suspend Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft from flying after a request from the country’s federal chief prosecutor following Sunday’s deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane.

Air travel regulators in Latin America had been reluctant to ground planes, relying on the criteria of carriers, even as authorities in Europe, China, the United States and others ordered the planes grounded.

In a statement, Brazil’s ANAC, as the air travel regulator is known, said it made its decision after consulting with U.S authorities, Boeing Co and local carriers.

As of Wednesday night, regulators in Argentina and Mexico had not grounded planes, but carriers Aeromexico and Aerolineas Argentinas had voluntarily decided not to fly the aircraft.

Argentina’s state-run news agency, Telam, reported on Tuesday that South American regulators were discussing potential groundings, but said no decision was “imminent” and would be made by the countries as a group.

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