March 14, 2019 / 8:49 AM / 2 months ago

Japan bans Boeing 737 MAX planes from its airspace

A Saudi man who's brother died in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, touches a debris after a commemoration ceremony at the scene of the crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s transport ministry on Thursday said it had banned flights by Boeing Co’s 737 MAX 8 and 9 aircraft from its airspace, the latest country to do so following the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that killed 157 people.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday joined Europe, China and other nations in suspending 737 MAX flights, citing satellite data and evidence from the scene of the crash for its decision.

Reporting by Junko Fujita; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

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