China suspends commercial operations of Boeing 737-8 aircraft

The similarity of the plane models, 737-8, and of the circumstances of the crash, while take off, has led to the grounding of all commercial operations.

On Monday, following a crash of the Boeing 737-8 aircraft belonging to the Ethiopian Airlines, China’s civil aviation regulator has told domestic airlines to suspend the commercial operations of all Boeing 737-8 planes by 6:00 p.m. local time (5.00 a.m. ET).

On October 29, 2018, a Boeing 737-8 of Indonesia’s Lion Air had crashed into the Java Sea shortly after take-off from Jakarta killing all 189 people on board.

“Given that two accidents both involved newly delivered Boeing 737-8 planes and happened during take-off phase, they have some degree of similarity,” said the Civil Aviation Administration of China while adding that they took the move in line with the regulator’s principle of zero-tolerance to safety hazards.


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