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Ethiopian Airlines joins China, Cayman Islands; grounds 737-8 Max pending aircraft probe

  • As Ethiopian collaborate with stakeholders to identify bodies
FOLLOWING the tragic accident of ET 302 B-737-8 Max (ET-AVJ), Ethiopian Airlines has joined China and the Cayman Islands to ground all B-737-8 MAX fleet effective yesterday March 10, 2019 until further notice.
The airline in a statement said,”Although we don’t yet know the cause of the accident, we had to decide to ground the particular fleet as extra safety precaution.”

This is just as Ethiopian Airlines says it has teamed up with all stakeholders concerned to conduct forensic investigations and identify the identities of the victims.

China and the Cayman Islands have both ordered domestic airlines to suspend commercial operation of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 citing the Ethiopian Airlines crash and another deadly accident of that same model in Indonesia.

China has said operation of the model will only resume after “confirming the relevant measures to effectively ensure flight safety”, the administration said in a statement.

“Given that two accidents both involved newly delivered Boeing 737-8 planes and happened during take-off phase, they have some degree of similarity,” it said, adding the order was in line with its principle of zero-tolerance on safety harzards. The 737 MAX 8 is sometimes referred to as the 737-8.

The aviation authority will contact the US Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing, it said.

The statement cited the Kenya-bound Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board, including eight from China.

The Civil Aviation Administration also mentioned the Indonesia Lion Air flight, which crashed after take-off from Jakarta in October, killing all 189 people on board.

China is an important market for the US aircraft company, accounting for about one-fifth of worldwide deliveries of Boeing 737 MAX models.

Meanwhile, Ethiopian Airlines says a committee comprising of Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, and Ethiopian Transport Authority has been set up to carry out the investigations. Once the identities of the deceased are identified, their bodies will be delivered to their families and loved ones.

Ethiopian Airlines has already contacted the families of the victims to inform them of the tragic accident.
Investigation will be carried out to determine the cause of the accident, in collaboration with all stakeholders including the aircraft manufacturer Boeing, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and other international entities.

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