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China Stops Boeing 737 Max 8 After Crash in Ethiopia

BEIJING – China’s aviation regulator has grounded about 100 Boeing Co 737 MAX 8s operated by its airlines, more than a quarter of the world’s jet fleet, after one of the planes crashed in Ethiopia.
An Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 to Nairobi crashed a few minutes after Sunday’s take-off, killing all 157 passengers and causing the carrier to land the rest of its jet fleet.
This was the second crash of the 737 MAX 8, the latest version of the Boeing narrow-body jet that went into service in 2017.
In October, a 737 MAX 8 operated by Indonesian airline Lion Air crashed 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta on a domestic flight, killing 189 passengers and crew on board.
The CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) has stated that all Chinese airlines must suspend their use of the 737 MAX 8 before 18 hours.
The aircraft is the latest version of Boeing’s narrow and robust body that entered service in 2017.
The CAAC indicated that it would inform the airlines when they could take back orders after contacting Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure flight safety.
Since two accidents involve newly delivered Boeing 737-8 aircraft that occurred during the take-off phase, they have some degree of similarity, said CAAC, adding that the order was in line with its zero tolerance principle, in security matters hazards. The 737 MAX 8 is sometimes called the 737-8.
A spokesman for Boeing declined to comment.
Chinese airlines have 96,737 MAX 8 jets in service, the state-owned airline’s regulator told Weibo, including China Airlines, Air China, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines.
The Chinese aeronautical data company Variflight said at least 29 international and domestic flights had been canceled on Monday and the airlines had traded for 256 more planned flights.
China Eastern President Liu Shaoyong told Caixin financial statement on the sidelines of a Beijing parliament meeting that he would only consider resuming the 737 MAX 8 flights after Boeing made a commitment security for the jets and proved that there was no link of two accidents.
The cause of the Indonesian accident is still under investigation. A preliminary report released in November, before the cockpit voice recorder was found, focused on the maintenance, training of airlines and the reaction of a Boeing anti-stall system to a recent sensor replaced, without giving any reason for the accident.
Ethiopian Airlines said it had stopped its fleet of 737 MAX 8 until further notice, as an “extra security measure”, even though it did not know the cause of Sunday’s crash.
The airline has a remaining fleet of four aircraft, according to the FlightRadar24 flight tracking website.
Cayman Airways said it has grounded its two new 737 MAX 8s until it gets more information.
But no other airline or regulatory body has stated that it is putting the aircraft on the ground. By the end of January, Boeing had delivered to its customers 350 of the 327 MAX family aircraft, and another 4,661 were on order.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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