The Ethiopian national carrier and Chinese government have suspended the operation of entire Boeing 737 Max 8 jets, hours after the catastrophic Ethiopian Airlines crash.
A statement on Monday morning by the Ethiopian Airlines said the entire fleet of the American manufactured planes were grounded until further notice.
“Following the Tragic accident of ET 302/10 March B-737-8 MAX (ET-AVJ), Ethiopian Airlines has decided to ground all B-737-8 MAX fleet effective yesterday March 10, 2019 until further notice,” said part of the statement.
The brief statement cautiously concluded that the cause of Sunday disastrous accident, which claimed the lives of all the 157 people, is not yet known.
“Although we don’t yet know the cause of the accident, we had to decide to ground the particular fleet as extra safety precaution,” concluded the statement.
Boeing 737-800MAX registration number ET- AVJ carrying 149 passengers and 8 crew members bound for the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, took off at 8:44 am local time, losing contact with air traffic control at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, just six minutes later.
The jet crashed in a field near Bishoftu, around 35 miles southeast of Addis Ababa leaving no single survivor.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China also on Monday morning issued an order directing all domestic airlines to stop operating all Boeing 737 Max 8, according to media reports.
The Sunday’s Boeing 737 Max 8 model crash in Ethiopia became the second incident in within six months after the Indonesian Lion Air crash in October 2018 into the Java Sea killing all the 189 passengers and crew on board.