Canada bans 737 Max flights, citing new satellite data

Transportation minister cautioned that the “new information is not conclusive.”

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane being built for TUI Group sits parked at Boeing Co.'s Renton Assembly Plant in Renton, Wash. on March 11, 2019.

Canada’s transportation minister grounded all Boeing 737 Max jets on Wednesday morning, saying that newly available satellite-tracking data suggests similarities between the deadly crash involving one of the jets in Ethiopia on Sunday and another accident last October.

Cautioning that the “new information is not conclusive,” Marc Garneau, the transportation minister, also said Canada would not allow the jets to fly into its airspace.

It could still be weeks before investigators are able to point to the likely cause of the latest crash, but the Boeing jets are now barred from continuing to fly in some 42 countries — with some safety regulators citing concerns that pilots would be unable to handle the aircraft if they were given inaccurate signals from key flight instruments.

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Sunday’s accident followed another deadly crash involving a jet flown by Lion Air in Indonesia in October, and investigators have raised the possibility that a new flight-control system could have contributed to the earlier accident.

In both cases, the jets crashed just minutes after erratic takeoffs.

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