After the tragic incident, many airlines across the globe started to ground their 737 MAX planes. A Lion Air jet crashed in Indonesia in October, also shortly after takeoff, killing all 189 people on board.
In a statement signed by the Director General of the agency, Silas Udahemuka, the authority said that the ban takes effect immediately and remain in effect till further notice.
The company's move came after several countries including the U.S. banned 737 MAX series planes from flying in their air space following the second fatal 737 MAX crash within five months.
If the aircrafts' maneuvering characteristics augmentation system receives an erroneously high angle-of-attack sensor input, there is potential for repeated nose-down commands of the horizontal stabilizer, the FAA said, adding the condition would made it hard for pilots to control the plane.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Macao SAR (AACM) has made a decision to follow the measures already enforced by other worldwide counterparts and temporarily suspend the flights of Boeing aircraft models 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 across all airlines, the AACM informed in a statement.
Aviation experts have said issues with the newly installed automated system on the 737 MAX planes called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, also known as MCAS, may have played a role in both the Ethiopian Airlines crash and the Lion Air crash.
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The US National Transportation Safety Board will also have an influential role as representative of the country of manufacture. Airline passengers FOX 5 spoke with are applauding the decision to ground all MAX 8 and 9 planes in the United States.
The cause of the Indonesian crash is still being investigated.
The Max is the latest upgrade to the Boeing 737s. That includes cockpit displays, flight controls, navigation systems, weather radar, communications systems and collision avoidance systems, many of which work with or include auto-pilot systems, according to Collins Aerospace's website.
In the earlier accident, a safety feature on the Boeing aircraft was repeatedly trying to put the plane into a dive as a result of a malfunction.
If you're scheduled to fly on a 737 MAX 8 plane, or not sure what kind of plane your flight is on, check your flight status with your airline.
"Overall, we view the interruptions from the 737 MAX grounding as a temporary, one-off issue", Spracklin wrote.