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China orders airlines to ground all Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets

Beijing - Chinese civil aviation authority ordered the airlines in the country to ground all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft after Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 crash, which killed all 157 people on board.

Today, Chinese civil aviation authority ordered all airlines to suspend their operations with the Boeing 737 MAX 8 until 6 PM Local ( (10:00 GMT) today noting the similarities between the Lion Air and Ethiopian crashes with the same aircraft type.

Around one hundred MAX jets are subject to the recent order. Ethiopian Airlines followed China's announcement by grounding its remaining four Boeing 737 Max 8 jets as well.

The Ethiopian crash came just months after another fatal accident of the same aircraft type in Indonesia. A Lion Air flight had crashed into the Java Sea shortly after take-off from Jakarta last year in October, killing all 189 people on board.

China's Civil Aviation Administration said in a statement that the MAX 8 operations will be resumed after confirming the all appropriate measures to effectively guarantee flight safety.

"Given that two accidents both involved newly delivered Boeing 737-8 planes and happened during the take-off phase, they have some degree of similarity," CCAA said.

The authority also added the order is in line with its zero-tolerance principle for flight safety.

At least 29 international and domestic flights were canceled.

South Korea, among others, also announced that it was conducting an emergency safety inspection on two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

Indian aviation authority DGCA is in talks with Boeing and local airlines Jet Airways and SpiceJet. Besides the MAX 8 jets that are in service, both low-cost operators have large numbers of aircraft in their order books waiting to be delivered.

Indonesia's Ministry of Transportation said it would increase the supervision of the Boeing 737 MAX 8s in the country.

A Boeing technical team will travel to Ethiopia to provide technical assistance to the local investigation teams.