China and Indonesia Ground Boeing 737 Max 8 Aircraft After Ethiopia Crash

By Paul Riegler on 11 March 2019
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A Boeing 737 cockpit

A Boeing 737 cockpit

Chinese and Indonesian regulators ordered a temporary grounding of all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft operated by airlines in their respective countries following a deadly crash in Ethiopia on Sunday and one several months earlier.

The Indonesian air safety regulator’s order goes into effect Tuesday, while China immediately grounded all 96 737 Max 8s operated by Chinese airlines.

Meanwhile, in the United States, airlines including American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines gave no indication they would temporarily halt operating the 737 Max.

The crash on Sunday in Ethiopia followed the crash of a Lion Air 737 Max off the coast of Indonesiaover the Java Seaon October 29 last year, killing all 189 on board. A preliminary finding showed that the Lion Air pilots struggled to maintain control of the aircraft following an equipment malfunction. Boeing is said to be working on a possible software update that would reduce the chances that this type of failure would cause an accident in the future.

Ethiopian Airline Flight ET302 was en route from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi when it crashed six minutes after takeoff.

The crash is the second time in six months that a brand new 737 Max 8 crashed just minutes into a flight.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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