Ethiopian Airlines has grounded its Boeing 737Max 8 aircrafts following Sunday’s tragic crash of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane that killed all 157 people onboard it.
The Ethiopian Airlines spokesperson, Asrat Begashaw announced they had grounded the Boeing 737Max 8 planes during a news conference on Monday.
The airline has five Boeing 737 Max planes in its fleet, but it was unclear how many are model 8 jets.
The crash on Sunday has also sparked calls for a civil suit against Boeing.
“Although we don’t yet know the cause of the accident, we have to decide to ground the particular fleet as an extra safety precaution,” Begashaw told reporters.
He however added “this does not mean the incident was related to the defects on these specific fleet”.
China also ordered its airlines on Monday to ground all 96 of the aircraft that they operate.
The Chinese aviation regulator said in its announcement that it had notified Chinese air carriers they had until 6 p.m. local time to take the planes out of service.
Also on Monday, Cayman Airways said it was temporarily grounding its two Boeing 737 Max 8 planes.
In a statement on its website, airplane manufacturer, Boeing said it was saddened by the accident involving Ethiopian Airlines plane a and that a technical team would be dispatched to the scene to provide assistance.
“Boeing is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 airplane,” Boeing said.
“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board and stand ready to support the Ethiopian Airlines team”.
It said: “A Boeing technical team will be travelling to the crash site to provide technical assistance under the direction of the Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board”.