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Some nations ground Boeing's 737 Max after crash; critics call for US to follow suit

Boeing Co. came under growing international pressure to account for the second crash of its 737 Max aircraft, as China and other countries grounded their fleets and investors pounded the aerospace company's shares in trading Monday.

Investigators found the black boxes of the Ethiopian Airlines jetliner that crashed Sunday shortly after takeoff, killing 157 people. The data have yet to be downloaded, and information about the cause of the accident remained limited.

But aviation experts pointed to similarities with the October crash of a Lion Air 737 Max not long after it took off from Jakarta, Indonesia. A preliminary investigation said the accident was related to a software modification in the new jetliner that erroneously caused the aircraft to enter a series of dives.

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday issued a statement of confidence in the safety of the 737 Max, saying it would "take immediate and appropriate action" based on further information but "to date we have not been provided data to draw any conclusions

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