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- Indonesia has grounded all of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes after an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed, killing 157 people.
- China also decided to ground the planes, which were also involved in a Lion Air crash that killed 189 people in October 2018.
- The Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed on Sunday morning just six minutes after takeoff.
Indonesia has joined China in grounding all of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes after an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed and killed 157 people.
Indonesia’s air safety regulator said on Monday that it will halt all flights that involve the planes, starting Tuesday. The decision was reported Monday by Bloomberg and the Associated Press.
Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash is the second crash involving the plane in less than six months. All 189 people on board when a Lion Air flight in Indonesia crashed into the Java Sea in October 2018. Investiations into the cause of the crash are ongoing.
The Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed on Sunday morning just six minutes after takeoff. China’s Aviation Authority said on Monday morning that it has issued a notice to ground all Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes used by domestic airlines in response to the crash.
A statement on the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)’s website said that the Ethiopian Airlines crash and the Lion Air crash have certain similarities that cause concern over the aircraft.
A spokesperson for Boeing declined to comment on China’s decision but told Business Insider in an email that "a Boeing technical team will be travelling to the crash site [in Ethiopia] to provide technical assistance.
- China grounds all its Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes following the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash
- Another Boeing 737MAX has crashed leaving no survivors. This time it was flying with Ethiopian Airlines.
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