Ethiopia crash: Australia becomes latest country to suspend Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft

 

March 12, 2019

 

It follows two crashes involving the plane in less than five months in which 346 have died.


A woman stands near a pile of debris from the Ethiopian Airlines wreckage

 

By Sky News

 

Australia has become the latest country to suspend Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft flights in and out of its airports after the deadly crash in Ethiopia.

The country’s civil aviation authority announced the move after airlines in China, South Africa, Singapore, Indonesia, Brazil and Mexico suspended flights by the same plane on Monday.

South Korean airline Eastar Jet also said it would suspend operations of the 737 MAX 8 on Tuesday.

An official said the airline hadn’t found any problems with the jets, but is grounding them due to customer concerns.

A spokesperson from the British travel operator TUI suggested the airline were not grounding flights.

The suspensions come after 157 people were killed on Sunday when a 737 MAX 8 crashed in Ethiopia.

Nine Britons were among the dead.

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