China suspends Boeing 737 Max planes following fatal crash in Ethiopia

Following crash of Ethiopian Airlines plane in capital Addis Ababa on Sunday the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has ordered grounding of all the domestic fleet of Boeing Co. 737 Max planes in China.

The Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed minutes after taking off from Bole airport in Addis Ababa at 8:38 a.m. It was bound for Kenyan capital Nairobi. All the 157 passengers including some Americans on board are killed.

The plane lost contact with the control tower at 8:44 a.m. and the crash occurred some 31 miles south of Addis Ababa in the Bishoftu or Debre Zeit area.

The cause of crash is not yet known and Boeing 737-8 MAX plane was a very new plane in the Ethiopian Airlines. It was delivered in November 2018.

According to Kenyan transport minister there were eight Americans, 18 Canadians, 8 Chinese, 8 Italian, seven French, seven British, six Egyptian, 5 Netherlands, four Indian and four Slovakian on board.

A post on the airline’s social media page read, “Tewolde Gebremariam, who is at the accident scene now, regrets to confirm that there are no survivors. He expressed his profound sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of passengers and crew who lost their lives in this tragic accident.”

Ethiopian Airlines is the state-owned airline and considered as the best-managed airline in Africa.

The crash is second such fatal in past five months involving the same aircraft model.

Paul Linus