The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has announced that it has ordered its commercial airlines to immediately suspend their operations with all their Boeing 737 and 738 aircraft before 6 pm (local time), just one day after one of these models crashed in Ethiopia, causing the death of 157 people.
The aircraft of Ethiopian Airlines that crashed this Sunday shortly after taking off, and in which two Spaniards were traveling, was a Boeing 737 MAX, the same model as the Lion Air flight that crashed in the Java Sea last 29 October causing the death of 189 people.
“Given that the two accidents are related to the new Boeing 737-8 aircraft and both took place during the takeoff phase, they have certain similarities,” the CAAC has established.
The Chinese news agency Caijing, citing sources close to the Chinese authorities, has reported that Chinese airlines, which operate with about 60 Boeing 737 MAX models, have received an order from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), after which they have paralyzed its use immediately.
Last October, a Boeing 737 MAX operated by Indonesian low-cost airline Lion Air, which took off from Jakarta, crashed 13 minutes after taking off, killing 189 people on board.
THE FLIGHT ET302 BY ETHIPIAN AIRLINES
The United States has announced the sending of a team of aid and investigation to determine the causes of the incident of the flight ET302 of Ethiopian Airlines, in which 157 people have died this Sunday, including eight Americans.
The joint mission of the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will consist of four investigators who will work “with the civil aviation authorities of Ethiopia to investigate the accident.”
According to a company statement, the plane left Bole airport at 08.38 in the morning. The control tower lost contact with the device six minutes later, at 08.44. The wreckage of the plane is near the town of Bishoftu, about 50 kilometers southwest of the Ethiopian capital.
Among those killed were 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Italians, eight Chinese citizens, the eight Americans mentioned, seven British, seven French citizens, six Egyptians, five Dutch citizens, four Indians, four Slovaks, three Austrians, three Swedes, three Russians, two Moroccans, two Spaniards, two Poles and two Israelis.
In addition there was a citizen on board each of these countries: Belgium, Indonesia, Somalia, Norway, Serbia, Togo, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen. To them we must add another four with a United Nations diplomatic passport whose nationality has not yet been finalized.