The Chinese government has ordered for its fleet of Boeing Co. 737 Max 8 jets to be grounded after a plane operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed on Sunday, March 10, 2019.
In a statement, the government said local carriers have until 6 p.m. local time to ground the 96 737 Max jets that they operate.
The order is aimed at intensifying scrutiny on the 737 Max, which has been involved in two deadly accidents in five months.
This comes after an Ethiopian Airline flight crashed minutes after takeoff, killing all the 149 passengers and eight crew aboard on Sunday.
A spokesperson for Ethiopian Airlines said among the dead in the crash are 32 Kenyans and 17 Ethiopians.
According to authorities, the victims include 18 Canadians; eight each from China, the United States and Italy; seven each from France and Britain; six from Egypt; five from the Netherlands and four each from India and Slovakia.
This is the second time in the last five months that a 737 Max plane has been involved in a deadly accident.
Bloomberg reports that the latest crash by the Ethiopian Airline is a big blow to Boeing’s reputation.
China Southern Airlines Co. has 16 of the aircraft, with another 34 on order, according to data through January.
According to Boeing’s website, China Eastern Airlines Corp. has 13, while Air China Ltd. has 14 aircrafts.
Meanwhile, Chinese airlines accounted for about 20 percent of 737 Max deliveries worldwide through January.
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