Boeing's newest plane becomes its biggest headache

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WASHINGTON (AP) Boeing's newest version of its best-selling airliner ever was supposed to boost its fortunes for years to come.

Boeing 737 Max 8 plane background / Photo: Boeing / (MGN)

Instead it has turned into the company's biggest headache, with more than 40 countries grounding the 737 Max 8 after a second fatal crash proved one too many.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order keeping the planes on the tarmac after refusing to do so in the days immediately following the crash of a Max 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines that left 157 people dead.

Since debuting in 2017, Boeing has delivered more than 350 of the Max in several versions that vary by size. Dozens of airlines around the world have embraced the plane for its fuel efficiency and utility for short and medium-haul flights.