The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has ordered all local airlines in China to cease flights utilising Boeing 737 MAX 8 aeroplanes. The announcement comes a day following the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 crash that claimed the lives of all 157 people on board.
While the investigation into the crash is still in its early stages, the accident marks the latest incident involving a 737 Max 8 aircraft within the last five months. In October 2018, Lion Air Flight JT 160 crashed into the Java Sea roughly 13 minutes into the flight. All 189 people on board were killed.
In addition to involving the same aircraft type, both incidents bear similarities in terms of the crash model. These two factors contributed to CAAC’s decision to ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
China’s civil aviation administration has grounded Chinese-operated #737MAX aircraft. According to our database, this action affects 13 airlines and nearly 100 individual aircraft.— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) March 11, 2019
CAAC statement: https://t.co/Sh1gJTSeag pic.twitter.com/NeQG1bOJJT
With 350 built as of January 2019, the 737 MAX 8 is a fairly new addition to the world of aviation. Featuring 210 seats and a range of 3,550nm, the first 737 Max 8 was delivered to Malindo Air back in 2017.
Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it will ground its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet until further notice.
Accident Bulletin no. 5 Issued on March 11, 2019 at 07:08 AM Local Time pic.twitter.com/rwxa51Fgij— Ethiopian Airlines (@flyethiopian) March 11, 2019
Cayman Airways, the national carrier of the British Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands, has suspended flights with both of its new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.