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- Indonesia has grounded all of its Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after the model was involved in Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash, in which 157 people were killed.
- China also decided to ground the planes, whose model was also involved in a Lion Air crash that killed 189 people in October.
- The Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed just six minutes after takeoff.
Indonesia has joined China in grounding all of its Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after the model was involved in an Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people.
Indonesia’s air-safety regulator on Monday said it would halt all flights involving the planes starting Tuesday. The decision was reported Monday by Bloomberg and the Associated Press.
Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash is the second crash involving the plane in less than six months. All 189 people on board were killed when a Lion Air flight in Indonesia crashed into the Java Sea in October. Investigations into the cause of both crashes are ongoing.
The Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed Sunday morning just six minutes after takeoff. In response, China’s Aviation Authority on Monday morning said it had issued a notice to ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes used by domestic airlines.
A statement on the Civil Aviation Administration of China’s website said the Ethiopian Airlines crash and the Lion Air crash had similarities that caused concern over the aircraft.
A Boeing representative declined to comment on China’s decision but told Business Insider in an email that a Boeing technical team would be travelling to the crash site in Ethiopia to provide technical assistance with the investigation.