China, Indonesia ground Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after Ethiopia crash

Ethiopian Airlines. Photo: RR

NEWSROOM (ADV) – China and Indonesia on Monday said they are grounding their fleets of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft after a crash in Ethiopia killed nearly 160 people.

The Civil Aviation Authority of China said Monday all 96 of its Boeing 737 Max 8s would be taken out of service temporarily under “the management principle of zero tolerance for safety hazards and strict control.”

Indonesia’s transportation ministry said it grounded 11 planes operated by Indonesian carriers pending airworthiness inspections.

The moves followed the crash Sunday of an Ethiopian Airlines jet immediately after takeoff in Addis Ababa, killing all 157 on board. It was headed for Nairobi, Kenya. Sunday’s was the second accident involving a new 737 Max 8 in less than six months. In October, an Indonesian Lion Air jet crashed a short time after takeoff, killing 189 people.

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