Airlines ground Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft after weekend’s disaster

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Airlines have grounded their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes amid safety concerns after yesterday’s crash in Ethiopia.

 

Carriers around the world are grounding their Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft after yesterday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash which killed 157 people.

 

Flight ET302, bound for Nairobi, Kenya crashed six minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa on Sunday.

 

The plane came down onto a field near Tulu Fara village, 40 miles south-east of the Ethiopian capital.

 

There were more than 30 nationalities on board the flight, including 22 UN staff, many heading for the annual event.

 

Yesterday’s disaster was the second time the new 737 Max 8 aircraft crashed in the past four months, prompting concerns there is a major design flaw.

 

In October, a Lion Air plane crashed into the sea off Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.

 

Both incidents occurred only minutes after taking off.

 

More than 300 Boeing 737 Max planes are in operation around the world, and a further 5,000 have been ordered.

 

China’s aviation regulator took the decision to ground nearly 100 of those in operation.

 

Ethiopia and Indonesia have also said they will ground the aircraft in their respective countries.

 

Cayman Airways has said they will stop using the two planes it has.

 

Most airlines, however, will continue to use the plane whilst “monitoring the investigation.”

 

Southwest Airlines operate 31 737 Max 8s, while American Airlines and Air Canada each have 24 in their fleet.

 

Boeing shares slid 12 percent in early trading on Monday – the biggest fall in Boeing’s stock in nearly two decades.