Some Calgary flights cancelled after Canada grounds Boeing 737 MAX jets

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Canada, the US and about 40 other countries grounded all Boeing 737 MAX 8 passenger jets from their airspaces after the deadly crash on Sunday in Ethiopia that killed everyone on board, including 18 Canadians.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co, the largest operator of the 737 MAX in the world with 34 jets, said it was experiencing unusually high call volumes and had canceled 39 MAX flights.

It follows the decision by the US Federal Aviation Administration to temporarily ban the jet from US airspace - joining more than 50 countries which had already done the same.

Trump told reporters the "safety of the American people and all peoples is our paramount concern".

The French announcement resolved uncertainty over the fate of the two recorders after Germany's BFU said it had declined a request to handle them because it could not process the new type of recorder used on the 737 MAX jets, in service since 2017.

"We continue to build the 737 Max airplanes while assessing how the situation, including potential capacity constraints, will impact our production system", a Boeing spokesman said.

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"First we will try to read the data", he said, adding that he did not know what condition the black boxes were in.

Meanwhile, the Boeing Company said in a statement that it continued "to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX" but supported the suspension of flights. According to Neradko, further decisions will be based on the assessment "of the directives and reports coming from the US Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Boeing Company".

It was unclear if U.S. transport authorities review the database or investigate the incidents.

Investigators have drawn similarities between the crashes, and focused their attention on the aircrafts' anti-stall system.

It could also look at Grant County International Airport in central Washington, where Boeing regularly tests aircraft.

The Ethiopian Airlines pilots reported similar difficulties before their aircraft plunged to the ground as they tried to return to the airport.

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Before Sunday's disaster, more than 370 jets of the model were in operation.

And the BEA said yes.

Boeing was criticised after the Lion Air crash for allegedly failing to adequately inform 737 pilots about the functioning of the stall prevention system.

In total, there are 41 Boeing MAX 8 planes in Canada.

"The fact the system was fighting the pilot was not an unintended outcome", because it should counteract a pilot error and correcting this is "challenging".

In Addis Ababa, about 200 angry family members of crash victims left a briefing with Ethiopian Airlines officials, saying that the carrier has not given them adequate information.

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