Ethiopian Airlines crash: China, Indonesia and Ethiopia ground 737 Max 8 jets

Ethiopian Airlines crash: China, Indonesia and Ethiopia ground 737 Max 8 jets

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London, Mar 11: Day after a deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board, the Chinese, Indonesian and Ethiopian airlines on Monday grounded all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, while a number of airlines across the world are also carrying out safety measures on the jets following the crash.

Ethiopian Airlines and Cayman Airways, have also grounded their 737 Max 8 aircraft. The civil aviation administration of China said, " Given that two accidents both involved newly delivered Boeing 737 Max 8 planes and happened during take-off phase, they have some degree of similarity.

The grounding of the planes was in line with our principle of zero tolerance for safety hazards and strict control of safety risks, the regulator added, The Guardian reported.

China ordered its airlines on Monday to ground all 96 of the aircraft that they operate.China's aviation regulator has ordered domestic airlines to suspend flights using that model.

Air China, China Eastern Airlines, and China Southern Airlines are among the carriers affected. More than 90 Boeing 737 Max 8 models are in use in mainland China.

Ethiopian Airlines officials said on Monday they would ground all Boeing 737 Max planes in their country following the crash on Sunday of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.Ethiopian Airlines had been using five Boeing 737 Max 8s and is awaiting delivery of 25 more.

Polana B. Pramesti, Director general ministry’s air transportation of Indonesia said, "One of the steps that the Air Transportation Directorate General will take is to conduct inspections and temporarily ground the planes to ensure they are airworthy, this step has been approved by the Transportation Ministry.

She said the inspections would start on Tuesday and that planes that were found to have problems would be grounded until they were cleared by flight inspectors.

Cayman Airways, which also flies the Boeing 737 Max 8 craft, also announced it would ground the planes while the investigation into the crash took place.

Meanwhile, Boeing said it was "deeply saddened" to hear about the loss of life in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash.

"A Boeing technical team will be traveling to the crash site to provide technical assistance under the direction of the Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau and US National Transportation Safety Board,"

More than 300 Boeing 737-MAX planes are in operation and more than 5,000 have been ordered worldwide since 2017.

In October last year, The Lion Air flight Boeing 737 Max 8 flight went down in the Java Sea killing all 189 people on board.UNI