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China ground all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft after second crash on new planes

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Staff Writer | Monday March 11, 2019 4:45AM ET
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Asia   China ordered its airlines to suspend the commercial operation of 737 MAX 8

China and Ethiopia have grounded all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft while a number of airlines across the world are carrying out safety measures on the jets following the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday that killed all 157 people on board.


On Monday, China ordered its domestic airlines to suspend the commercial operation of nearly 100 of the jets in question.

As the crash investigation got underway, the Civil Aviation Administration of China ordered Monday that all domestic Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets be out of the air by 6 p.m. local time, due to its principle of "zero tolerance for safety hazards."

Ethiopian Airlines followed China's announcement by grounding all of its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft as well, according to a spokesperson.

The crash, that took place just outside Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, comes just months after another deadly accident involving the same model in Indonesia when a Lion Air flight crashed after take-off from Jakarta in October, killing all 189 people on board.

Noting the "similarities" between the two accidents, China's Civil Aviation Administration said domestic airlines have until 6pm local time (10:00 GMT) to ground all 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

It said operation of the model will only resume after "confirming the relevant measures to effectively ensure flight safety," the administration said in a statement.

"Given that two accidents both involved newly delivered Boeing 737-8 planes and happened during take-off phase, they have some degree of similarity," it said, adding the order was in line with its principle of zero-tolerance on safety hazards. The 737 MAX 8 is sometimes referred to as the 737-8.

 

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