New Delhi: A day after an Ethiopian Airlines plane of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed after take-off killing 157 people on board, China’s aviation regulator grounded all flights of that model on Monday. Issuing a statement, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said that all domestic Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets would be out of action for sometime, due to its principle of “zero tolerance for safety hazards.Also Read - US President Biden, Japanese PM Kishida Discuss China, Nuke Weapons During First Formal Talks
“Operation of the 737 MAX 8 aircraft will resume after “confirming the relevant measures to effectively ensure flight safety”, the statement added. Earlier on Sunday, a Boeing 737 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi crashed with 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard. Among the dead, four of them were Indians. Also Read - China Building Illegal Villages in Disputed Bhutan Territory, Less Than 30 KM From Doklam: Report
The Ethiopian Airlines incident on Sunday was second time in less than six months that a brand-new Boeing aircraft has crashed just minutes into a flight. Last year in October, a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 flight went down over the Java Sea, killing all 189 people on board. “Given in both air crashes, the aircrafts were newly delivered Boeing 737 MAX 8, and both accidents occur during the take-off, they share certain similarities,” the administration said in the statement. Also Read - China Forcing to Cancel Some Flights, Say US Airlines
At this point there is no evidence what caused the Ethiopian Airlines crash and no evidence of a direct link between the cause of the two incidents, the CNN reported.
(With agency inputs)