Ethiopian Grounds 737 MAX 8 Fleet After Crash Kills 157
March 11, 2019 / DAVID KAMINSKI-MORROW
Ethiopian Airlines has grounded its entire Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet after the Sunday crash of one of its planes on a flight to Nairobi killed all 157 on board. The aircraft, a recently delivered 737 MAX 8, took off from Addis Ababa at 8.38am local time with 149 passengers and 8 crew on board, but lost contact with air traffic control at 8.44am and crashed.Ethiopian later on Sunday grounded its 737 MAX 8s until further notice.Although we don’t yet know the cause of the accident, we had to decide to ground the particular fleet as extra safety precaution,” the airline said in a statement. Chinese aviation regulators have also grounded all the country's 737 MAX 8s, as has Cayman Airways, but major US and Canadian operators of the type expressed confidence in the aircraft.