Ethiopian Airlines crash: China grounds all her Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets

boengFILE- In this Nov. 14, 2018, file photo Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes are parked near Boeing Co.'s 737 assembly facility in Renton, Wash. Investigators were rushing to the scene of a devastating plane crash in Ethiopia on Sunday, March 10, 2019, an accident that could renew safety questions about the newest version of Boeing's popular 737 airliner. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

The Chinese government has grounded all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircrafts, after an Ethiopian Airlines plane of a similar model crashed shortly after take-off killing all 157 people on board.

According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the order was issued on Monday morning and would last nine hours.

“Given in both air crashes, the aircrafts were newly delivered Boeing 737 MAX 8, and both accidents occurred during the take-off, they share certain similarities,” the administration said in a statement.

China has one of the world largest fleets of Boeing 737 MAX 8, operating 97 of the planes, according to Chinese state-run media.

It said further notice would be issued after consultation with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing on safety measures taken. China lost eight of its nationals in the Sunday morning crash.

The crash

The Ethiopian Airlines incident was the second time in less than six months that a new Boeing aircraft crashed just minutes into a flight. In October last year, A Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 flight crashed over the Java Sea, killing all 189 people on board.

The Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes are both still under investigation and there is no evidence of a direct link between the cause of the two incidents.

Technical assistance

On Sunday, Boeing said a technical team has been dispatched to Ethiopia to provide technical assistance.

“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 U.S. National Transportation Safety Board,” the statement said.

The ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi lost contact with authorities just minutes after takeoff from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam, said at a press conference Sunday that the pilot had reported technical difficulties and had been cleared to return to the Ethiopian capital.

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