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50 countries ground, ban Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after Ethiopian jet crash

Washington: A total of 50 countries, including the US, has either grounded or banned the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane of the same model that killed all 157 people on board earlier this week.

US President Donald Trump spoke to the media before the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday grounded all Boeing 737 Max jets in the country, CNN reported.

“I didn`t want to take any chances. We didn`t have to make this decision today,” Trump said.

“We could have delayed it. We maybe didn`t have to make it at all. But I felt it was important both psychologically and in a lot of other ways.”

Trump said his decision was fact-based, even as he admitted it was made partly with regard for the mental well-being of American travelers.

“The safety of the American people, of all people, is our paramount concern,” he added.