US and Canada join growing list of flight bans on Boeing 737 Max 8 jets after fatal crash
The US Federal Aviation Administration backed the jet’s airworthiness but said it was reviewing all available data.
In a statement it said it had issued the directive “as a precautionary measure”, adding it is “taking every step necessary to ensure the safety of passengers”.
It extended the ban to include MAX 8 and MAX 9, although only the first type was involved in the crash in Ethiopia.
The move unifies a series of nationwide bans across Europe.
France, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland and the UK all banned the planes from their airspace on Tuesday afternoon.