Ethiopian Airlines grounds its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet until further notice

Last Updated: Mar 11 2019 10:54
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According to the sources, Ethiopian Airlines have grounded their Boeing 737 Max 8 jets after a crash that killed all 157 people on board.

On Sunday, Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302, on its way to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, crashed six minutes after take-off. It ploughed into a field near Tulu Fara village outside the town of Bishoftu, some 60km (40 miles) southeast of the Ethiopian capital.

The airline said on its Twitter account on Monday, a day after a crash killed all 157 people on board one of its planes of the same type.

“Although we don’t yet know the cause of the crash, we had to decide to ground the particular fleet as an extra safety precaution,” the airline said.

Ethiopian Airlines has a fleet of four 737 MAX 8 jets, not counting the one that crashed on Sunday, according to flight tracking website FlightRadar24.

The cause of the crash is unknown, but Cayman Airlines also suspended operations of its two Boeing 737 Max 8 planes while investigations continued.

The victims of the Ethiopia Airlines flight came from at least 32 different countries. The largest number were from Kenya.