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Latin American countries join global grounding of Boeing's 737 MAX jets

Brazil, Mexico and Panama temporarily suspended the operations of Boeing Co.'s 737 MAX aircraft, joining a global grounding of the jets following a fatal crash of a passenger plane in Ethiopia earlier this month.

The moves followed the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's decision to temporarily ground models of the said aircraft after analyzing "new evidence" collected at the site of the crash. The U.S. suspension marked a reversal for the FAA, which had previously issued a "continued airworthiness notification" for the model shortly after the crash.

Boeing had also recommended to the FAA the temporary suspension of operations of the entire global fleet of 737 MAX aircraft.

Meanwhile, Colombia's civil aviation authority noted that no local airline operates any 737 MAX jet, but it banned models of the plane from entering the country's airspace.

On March 10, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 passenger plane operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 people on board.