Ethiopian Airlines has decided to make no further use of the Boeing 737 Max until further notice. In an accident with that type of aircraft from the Ethiopian airline company, all 157 passengers lost their lives.
Ethiopian Airlines has announced on Monday that all Boeing 737 Max aircraft will be kept on the ground as a precaution. The Chinese government also took action. Beijing has instructed all domestic airlines to stop using the Boeing 737 Max aircraft.
Plane maker Boeing canceled the launch of the new aircraft, a 777X, after the plane crash in Ethiopia. The company let you know about this on the night from Sunday to Monday.
Boeing does not think it appropriate to present a new device the day after the aircraft disaster. "We are looking for a new opportunity to present our new aircraft", according to a Boeing spokesman in a statement. The company also announces that only the presentation is postponed. The date that the aircraft can be used has not changed.
Flight ET302 with Boeing 737 Max collapsed shortly after take-off
The ET302 flight crashed into Ethiopia shortly after takeoff in Addis Ababa. According to a statement from the airline company, the contact with the aircraft was broken immediately after takeoff.
Initially, it was reported that there were Dutch on board, but that later invalidated the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
See also: Foreign Affairs: No Dutch victims at the Ethiopia air disaster
In Indonesia, a Boeing 737 Max crashed earlier
China seems to want to keep the device on the ground for the time being, because five months ago the same device from Lion Air crashed near Indonesia in the neighborhood. In addition, 189 people were killed. According to the first investigation, this was due to a technical defect.
"Given that the new Boeing 737 was involved in both accidents and in both cases it went wrong just after taking off, there are similarities", the Chinese aircraft authorities explain.
On Flightradar it was already clear that there are considerably fewer Boeing 737 Max aircraft flying above the country than exactly the same time last week. China later confirmed the decision to suspend the use of the Boeing aircraft. According to Flightradar, it concerns about one hundred aircraft of thirteen airlines that are no longer allowed to fly.
Cayman Airways was the first airline to announce that they would no longer use these aircraft. The national airline of the Cayman Islands has two Boeing 737 Max. The newest was only delivered last week.
An airplane terminal from Ethiopian Airlines. Photo: AFP