China’s Civil Aviation Administration ordered the temporary grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft flown by Chinese airlines following a crash of one of the planes flown by Ethiopian Airlines.
The order by the Civil Aviation Administration, issued Monday morning, said all Boeing 737 MAX 8s in China must be grounded by 6 p.m. local time.
In issuing its order, the aviation regulator noted similarities between the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday and another in Indonesia in December of a flight operated by Lion Air. The regulator’s notice said both crashes occurred in the takeoff phase.
A separate notice by China’s State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission said Chinese airlines currently operate 96 Boeing 737 MAX 8s