FAA says Boeing 737 Max jets can be operated despite several groundings

FOX NEWS - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Monday that it will continue to trust and use Boeing 737 MAX aircraft even as Australian, Chinese and other aviation authorities are temporarily suspending the use of the aircraft following the deadly crash of one of the planes in Ethiopia that killed eight Americans.

The U.S. aviation authority said that it's investigating Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and its crash on Sunday that killed 157 people, but noted that commercial airlines are still allowed to operate the aircraft that crashed.

"The FAA will issue a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC) for Boeing 737 Max operators. The FAA continuously assesses and oversees the safety performance of U.S. commercial aircraft. If we identify an issue that affects safety, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action," the statement said.

This came as other countries and airlines stopped using the Boeing aircraft in response to the crash, with other countries' aviation authorities suspending the use of it.