Dec. 15, 2018, photo, invited guests take photos of the boeing 737 Max 8 airplane deliver to Air China during a ceremony at boeing Zhoushan 737 Completion and Delivery Center in Zhoushan, east China’s Zhejiang Province. China’s civilian aviation authority has ordered all Chinese airlines to ground their boeing 737 Max 8 planes on Monday, March 11, 2019 after one of the aircraft crashed in Ethiopia. The authority said the one-day action was made out of safety concerns because the crash was similar to one in Indonesia last year.
A spokesman says Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all its boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft as a safety precaution, following the crash of one of its planes in which 157 people were killed.
Asrat Begashaw said Monday that although it is not yet known what caused the crash on Sunday, the airline decided to ground its remaining four 737 planes until further notice as “an extra safety precaution.” Ethiopian Airlines was using five new 737 planes and was awaiting delivery of 25 more. He said searching and digging to uncover body parts and aircraft debris will continue. He said forensic experts from Israel have arrived in Ethiopia to help with the investigation.