Airlines Ground Boeing 737 Planes After Ethiopian Air Crash
Numerous countries, including China, Indonesia and several airlines around the world have grounded the 737 MAX 8 after a second crash happened yesterday involving the aircraft.
CNN reports that Chinese authorities announced that airlines in the country would be grounding all their Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, adding a new “strict control of safety risks.” Indonesia has also said that aircraft there would need to be inspected before flights resumed.
As we reported, 157 people on board a 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines died yesterday after the plane crashed shortly after its takeoff. This was just five months after a 737 MAX 8 flown by Lion Air crashed off the coast of Indonesia in October.
What has puzzled aviation investigators is that both the planes flown by the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air were brand-new aircraft which both happened to crash minutes into the flight.
Chinese airlines have 97 of the 737 MAX aircraft in service, which is more than a quarter of the total in operation worldwide. Boeing’s reputation currently hangs by a thread as they try to figure out what happened on Sunday.