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EU, major European countries suspend operations of Boeing 737 MAX jets

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency and other major European countries have suspended operations of Boeing Co.'s 737 MAX aircraft following the recent fatal crash of a passenger jet in Ethiopia.

The EU agency banned flights by Boeing 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX airplanes in Europe.

The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority said it issued instructions to stop any such commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying U.K. airspace. The regulator said the precautionary measure will be in effect until further notice.

France and Italy's civil aviation authorities also announced the closure of their countries' respective airspace to 737 MAX aircraft. German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer ordered a similar immediate ban, according to an online report by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

In addition, Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority temporarily suspended 737 MAX operations, saying the ban will be reviewed when new information from Boeing; U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA; and accident investigators becomes available.

Indonesia and China, among other countries, also grounded flights of all 737 MAX aircraft in and out of the countries.

On March 10, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 passenger plane operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 people on board. The FAA issued a "continued airworthiness notification," deeming the related Boeing model safe to fly.

Boeing said March 12 that it has "full confidence" in the safety of 737 MAX jets, and that it was not issuing new guidance to operators.

Boeing shares continued their slide March 12, falling 7% around 2 p.m. ET.