China grounds Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes after Ethiopia crash

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FILE- In this Nov. 14, 2018, file photo Boeing 737-MAX 8 planes are parked near Boeing Co.’s 737 assembly facility in Renton, Wash. Boeing Co. canceled a conference call that it scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 20, with airlines to discuss issues swirling around its newest plane, which has come under close scrutiny after a deadly […]

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) – China’s civilian aviation authority has ordered all Chinese airlines to temporarily ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after one of the aircraft crashed in Ethiopia.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China said the order was issued at 9 a.m. Beijing time Monday and would last nine hours.

It said the order was taken out of safety concerns because the Ethiopian crash was the second in similar circumstances since an Indonesian crash in December also killed everyone aboard.

It said further notice would be issued after consultation with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing on safety measures taken.

Eight Chinese nationals were among the 157 people aboard the plane when it crashed Sunday shortly after takeoff.

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