These countries are grounding the Boeing 737 MAX 8

Image: An official rides a bicycle as he passes Garuda Indonesia's Boeing 7
An official rides a bicycle as he passes Garuda Indonesia's Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane, parked at the Garuda Maintenance Facility AeroAsia, at Soekarno-Hatta International airport near Jakarta, Indonesia, March 13, 2019. Copyright Willy Kurniawan
Copyright Willy Kurniawan
By Nigel Chiwaya and Jiachuan Wu with NBC News World News
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Notice which country is not on that list. (Hint: It's the United States)


More than 60 nations and airlines around the world have grounded the Boeing 737 Max , the aircraft model that was involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people.

These governments and airlines have suspended the use of the jets or banned them from entering their airspace. The list includes the entire European Union, China, Australia, as well as airlines in Brazil, Russia, Mexico and Norway.

Canada joined the nations banning the aircraft Wednesday, which leaves the United States as the lone major nation still allowing the aircraft to fly.

The Federal Aviation Administration has resisted calls to ground the planes. "Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft. Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action," the FAA said in a statement Tuesday night.

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Before Sunday's crash, the 737 Max planes were heavily used, taking more than 9,000 flights in a single week and reaching almost every continent.

Sunday's crash was the second involving a 737 Max jet since October 2018, when a new Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed soon after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia.

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