China grounds all 737-MAX 8s after Ethiopian crash as Air Canada's and WestJet's keep flying
The Chinese government has grounded every Boeing 737-MAX 8 jet in the country in the aftermath of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which crashed Sunday shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa's airport.
But the same model continues to fly in the fleets of Canada's two largest airlines. 37 editions of the relatively-new version of Boeing's popular narrow-body jet are in the fleets of Air Canada and WestJet.
All 157 people on board died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, less than five months after the exact same model of aircraft was involved in a deadly accident on the other side of the world: Lion Air Flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea shortly after taking off from Jakarta, killing all 189 aboard.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement that all Boeing 737-MAX 8s would not be permitted to fly in the country's airspace until 6 p.m. local time, citing a rule of "zero tolerance for safety hazards."
But in a statement, Air Canada maintained the airline still has confidence in the aircraft's safety and airworthiness.
“These aircraft have performed excellently from a safety, reliability and customer satisfaction perspective,” the Montreal-based airline said in a statement.
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