**Washington - The Federal Aviation Administration grounded 737 MAXs after finding similarities between the two crashes of the Ethiopian Airlines and the Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8s. **
Agency said the new satellite tracking data and physical evidence about the Ethiopian Flight ET302 crash show some similarities with the Lion Air Flight 610 crash and warrant further investigation for the probability of a shared cause between the two accidents.
“On March 13, 2018, the investigation of the ET302 crash developed new information from the wreckage concerning the aircraft’s configuration just after takeoff that, taken together with newly refined data from satellite-based tracking of the aircraft's flight path, indicates some similarities between the ET302 and [October 2018 Lion Air JT610] accidents that warrant further investigation of the possibility of a shared cause for the two incidents that needs to be better understood and addressed,” FAA said in its emergency airworthiness directive.
After the order was issued, FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell, told reporters that FAA made its decision to ground the aircraft.
The Boeing 737 MAX 8 operators, including American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines, canceled some flights and began to assign new flights for the affected passengers. 74 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft are subjects to recent flight ban in the United States.
After FAA's decision, Transport Canada has also announced that it would ground the 737 MAXs in the country.