The European Union is suspending all operations of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in Europe beginning at 3 p.m. ET, according to a statement.

  “As a precautionary measure, EASA has published today an Airworthiness Directive, effect

ive as of 19:00 UTC, suspending all flight operations of all Boeing Model 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX aeroplanes in Europe.”

  ”In addition EASA has published a Safety Directive, effective as of 19:00 UTC, suspendi

ng all commercial flights performed by third-country operators into, within or out of the EU of the above mentioned models.”

  The announcement follows a growing tide of European countries that grounded or banned the airplane from flying overhead.

  The president of a major flight attendant union on T

uesday called for the Federal Aviation Administration to temporarily ground the Boeing 737 MAX fle

et “until FAA-identified fixes to the plane can be installed, communicated, and confirmed.”

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