China orders local airlines to ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets

Beijing | China’s Civil Aviation Authority requested all its domestic airlines to suspend the commercial use of Boeing 737-8 on March 11, 2019.

The decision came one day after the Ethiopian Airlines crash, which was the same Boring 737 model, that killed all the 157 on-board.

This is the second accident with the same Boeing jet. In October, a 737 MAX was flown by Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air flying from Jakarta on a domestic flight crashed 13 minutes after take-off, killing all 189 passengers and crew on board. The investigation is still going on.

The statement reads, “The fact that two accidents both involved newly delivered Boeing 737-8 planes and happened during the take-off phase, they have some degree of similarity”.

They assure this is because of the “zero tolerance for the safety hazards”.

If relevant measures are taken, the Civil Aviation Authority might consider resuming use of the aircraft.

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