The Strategist

China suspends Boeing 737 Max 8 operation after Ethiopian plane crash

03/11/2019 - 11:42

The Chinese aviation department will ask Boeing and US authorities to take measures to ensure flight safety on 737 Max 8 liners.

Bathara Sakti
Bathara Sakti
After the crash of Ethiopian Airlines, which operated the ET 302/10 Addis Ababa-Nairobi flight, the Beijing aviation department imposed a temporary ban on Chinese airlines using the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. At the same time, the agency referred to another disaster that happened only a few months with an aircraft of this type in Indonesia.

There are certain parallels between the two incidents: both liners were new and crashed during the take-off phase, the announcement further states. The Chinese Ministry will consult with the US aircraft manufacturer, as well as with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and will ask all those concerned to take steps to ensure safety of flights on Boeing 737 Max 8 liners.

A similar decision was made by the Ethiopian airline, which owned the crashed plane. The circumstances of the crash are still unclear, but all Boeing 737 Max 8 liners will not be operated until the causes are clarified as an “extra measure of security”, Ethiopian Airlines said.

In October 2018, a plane of the same type, Boeing 737 Max 8, crashed in Indonesia. It belonged to the Indonesian airline Lion Air and flew from Jakarta to Kota Pangkal Pinang. There were 181 passengers and 8 crew members on board; communication with them was lost 13 minutes after takeoff.

After the crash, the air experts criticized actions of the Boeing management, who, in their opinion, did not sufficiently inform the airline about the new technical system against air loss. In addition, they pointed out shortcomings of pilot training for the new model. However, according to the investigation’s results, the Lion Air aircraft was not ready for launch due to technical malfunctions.

Boeing 737 model is the leader in sales among passenger aircraft in the world, 737 Max - its latest version. The first flight on it was made in January 2016. About two years ago, the American aircraft manufacturer delivered the first aircraft of the version 737 Max 8, which is equipped with particularly efficient engines. At the end of January 2019, Boeing received orders for 5011 aircraft of this type, and 350 of them have already been delivered to customers.