Boeing to suspend production of grounded 737 MAX plane

Boeing has decided to temporarily halt production of its 737 MAX jet, which has been grounded since March after the second of two fatal crashes. The accidents, which occurred in Indonesia and Ethiopia, killed 346 people.

Boeing has continued to build the planes since the grounding, and now has a backlog of 400 planes with no planned date for the aircraft to return to the skies.

Airlines and government officials expect the planes to be cleared to fly in February or later.

Boeing is aiming to suspend production in January, although it has no immediate plan to lay off any of workers. Boeing’s 737 assembly plant in Washington employs 12,000 people, with thousands more jobs in its supply chain.

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