China’s civilian aviation authority ordered all Chinese airlines to temporarily ground all 96 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets Sunday.
QuoteGiven that two accidents both involved newly delivered Boeing 737-8 planes and happened during take-off phase, they have some degree of similarity”
— Civil Aviation Administration of China statement
The big picture: The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) statement issued Monday morning local time refers to Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that killed 157 people passengers and crew and a crash in Indonesia in October. Both planes were Boeing 737 MAX 8s. Citing “zero tolerance for safety hazards,” the CAAC said it had asked domestic airlines to suspend the jets by 6:00 p.m. local time (5.00 a.m. ET).
Boeing’s reaction: The American multinational corporation had yet to comment on China’s action, but Boeing said in a statement Sunday it was “deeply saddened” to learn of the Ethiopian Airlines tragedy in Addis Ababa.
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