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Jamaica grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority has said effective immediately, the Boeing 737-8 Max and 737-9 Max aircrafts will be temporarily restricted in Jamaica. 
 
A statement from the Authority on Wednesday evening said the affected aircrafts will be restricted out of, within or into Jamaica as well as in Jamaican airspace until further notice.
 
"Operators that would have operated into Jamaica before receiving this directive are hereby allowed to operate one non-commercial (ferry) flight to re-position their aircraft," the satement said. 
 
The directive follows a similar restriction from the United States following Sunday's deadly plane crash in Ethiopia. 
 
The crash in Addis Ababa killed 157 people. It was the second fatal Max 8 disaster in five months after one crashed over Indonesia in October, killing 189 people.
 
The FAA said new evidence from the crash site in Ethiopia, together with newly refined satellite data which became available on Wednesday, led to the decision to ground the planes.


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