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Hundreds of South Florida passengers affected by grounding of Boeing aircraft

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Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) says no Australian airlines operate the Boeing 737 MAX - although Virgin Australia has several on order - but two foreign airlines fly these aircraft to Australia.

Lebanon and Kosovo barred the Boeing 737 Max 8 from their airspace, and Norwegian Air Shuttles said it would seek compensation from Boeing after grounding its fleet.

Since the Indonesia crash, an automated anti-stall system that dips the aircraft's nose down has been the focus of attention.

On the House side, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said he had spoken twice in the past two days with acting FAA Administrator Daniel K. Elwell, who "claims firmly" that there has not been an incident involving systemic issues with the Boeing 737 Max 8 in the United States "with over 40,000 hours of flight".

"In fact he was allowed to turn back", he said, adding that a decision where in Europe to send the black boxes would be taken by Thursday.

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.

Boeing has almost 5,000 more on order.

Angela Taylor, whose daughter was flying for the first time alone on the plane Tuesday, said she felt the Max 8 aircrafts should be grounded in Canada.

"We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again", Boeing president and chief executive Dennis Muilenburg said.

The MAX 8, though, remains a small part of Southwest's fleet, but the company relies exclusively on the 737 family, which has been flying for years without incident.

Air Canada said they would offer full refunds or rebookings for all customers booked to travel on a Max aircraft.

He says that "we have a range of options".

During Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines flight, the plane nosedived minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa on an global flight to Nairobi, Kenya, witnesses said. "As a courtesy, we will waive the fare difference for the new flight between the same city pairs", a company spokesperson told Newsweek on Wednesday afternoon.

Workers set up tents decorated with white roses.

The victims came from more than 30 nations, and included almost two dozen U.N. staff.

The move left the United States as the only major country where the planes continued to operate. Alexis Aran Coello, a spokeswoman for American Airlines, said that the airline would accommodate travelers with hotel vouchers.

"We make our own decisions in Canada and occasionally those decisions may be different from our colleagues south of the border", Garneau said.

Norwegian Air Shuttles says it will seek compensation from aircraft maker Boeing after the low-priced carrier grounded its fleet of 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

The new variant of the world's most-sold modern passenger aircraft was viewed as the likely workhorse for airlines for decades. A Lion Air flight on a 737 Max 8 crashed in October in Indonesia, taking the lives of its 189 passengers and crew, too.

Lovepreet Singh flew from Toronto to Winnipeg on a 737 Max 8 on March 13. Pilots complained that the Max 8's autopilot system had unexpectedly pushed planes into a dive and failed to provide enough thrust, requiring crews to take control manually.

"I have things that I think will be much more effective than a hearing in mind", he said, without offering further details. "We see that when we have engine failures or decompression, the pilots are trained to commit to memory certain action items", he said.

Hundreds of South Florida passengers affected by grounding of Boeing aircraft