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    Several European aviation authorities have recently banned Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from their airspaces in wake of Sunday's deadly crash of a passenger plane of the same model in Ethiopia.

    A Boeing 737 Max of Norwegian airlines en route to Tel Aviv changed its course and has returned to Stockholm, Aftonbladet reported.

    The plane reportedly landed at 17:00 local time (4:00 p.m. GMT).

    The press service of Norwegian has told Sputnik that the airline decided to ground all its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and return the one that had departed for Tel Aviv from Stockholm to the airport, based on European safety advice issued after a deadly crash in Ethiopia.

    "We have taken the decision to ground all our 737 MAX aircraft based on the recent European safety advice. So that aircraft [bound for Tel Aviv] would be returning to where it took off from", the press service said.

    READ MORE: India's Jet Airways Stops Flying Its Boeing 737 Max After Deadly Ethiopia Crash

    Earlier the same day, the airline Norwegian said in a statement that it would temporarily ground its Boeing 737 MAX 8 passenger jets at the advice of European regulators.

    The company operates 18 "MAX" passenger planes and is expected to acquire dozens more in coming years, increasing the overall number to more than 70 by the year-end of 2021, Reuters reported, citing recent announcements by the airline.

    The crash involving Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 occurred in the morning of 10 March, minutes after the Nairobi-bound plane took off from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. All 157 people from over 30 countries who were on board the Boeing were killed. The cause of the accident remains unknown. According to the airline, the plane was well-maintained.

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