Updated: Make it 9 now as Singapore and Australia starts to ground Boeing 737 Max 8.
Everyone is talking about Boeing 737 Max 8. We listed 40 Airlines Flying with Boeing 737 Max 8 last night in our story and there are more countries grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 after China initiated the move. Seven countries now grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 until further notice and investigation.
What happened to Boeing 737 Max 8? Last Sunday, an Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet crashed minutes after take-off killing all 157 people on board and it was the Boing 737 Max 8. This is the exact same model of the tragic crash of Lion Air Flight JT610 which killed all 189 people on board last October.
The Seven Countries Grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 are Ethiopia, China, Indonesia, Mongolia, South Korea, South Africa and Cayman Islands.
There are 350 of Boeing 737 Max 8 planes in service around the world.
China’s Civil Aviation Administration is grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and only resume after “confirming the relevant measures to effectively ensure flight safety.”
Indonesia is grounding 11 of the 737 Max 8, 10 of them from Lion Air and one of them is from Garuda Airlines.
South Korea’s transport ministry said that the two Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes operated by the country’s budget airline Eastar Jet would be grounded pending an inspection.
The Mongolian Civil Aviation Authority said on Facebook it had ordered the state carrier MIAT Mongolian Airlines to ground the sole Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in its fleet.
Ethiopian Airlines said Monday it had grounded its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet.
South African airline Comair said it had “decided to remove its 737 MAX from its flight schedule.”
Cayman Airways said it would suspend flights for its two 737 MAX 8 planes “until more information is received“, CEO Fabian Whorms said.
Boeing, which has sent experts to assist in the Ethiopia probe, said safety is its “number one priority.”
Singapore is the latest country to ground Boeing 737 Max 8 planes.
Silkair operates 6 Boeing 737 Max 8 planes.