Ethiopian Airlines Grounds All B-737-8 MAX Fleet Until Further Notice

Addis Ababa, March 11, 2019 (FBC) –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.

“Although we don’t yet know the cause of the accident, we had decided to ground the particular fleet as extra safety precaution,” the airlines said in a statement it sent to FBC today.

All 157 people on board were killed when B-737-800MAX with registration number ET- AVJ on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya crashed around Bishoftu, 47km away from the capital Addis Ababa on Sunday.

China’s civil aviation regulator also ordered all domestic airlines to suspend the operation of their Boeing 737-800 MAX aircraft by 6pm on Monday.

B-737-800 Max aircraft is new to the skies and been launched in 2016. Ethiopian received the aircraft in November last year.

Four months ago another brand new 737-800 MAX (Lion Air) had crashed in Indonesia.

Ethiopia declared Monday March 11, 2019 a day of national mourning following the tragic accident.

Source: Fana Broadcasting