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Ethiopian Airlines grounds B737-8 MAX fleet, Comair to monitor investigations

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Following the Tragic accident of ET 302/10 March B-737-8 MAX (ET-AVJ), Ethiopian Airlines has decided to ground all B-737-8 MAX fleet effective March 10, 2019 until further notice.

In a statement, the airline said that although it does not yet know the cause of the accident, it took the decision to ground the particular fleet as extra safety precaution.

Ethiopian Airlines will release further information as soon as it is available.

Meanwhile, Comair, who recently took delivery of its first B737-8 MAX aircraft said that it cannot speculate on the causes of this accident, or the Lion Air accident in October 2018, which only a full investigation will resolve. “Comair will continue to monitor the various investigations by the relevant authorities and are in close contact with both Boeing and the SACAA,” the statement read.

The statement by Comair further read that the 737 MAX 8 is one of the most commonly used aircraft in many airlines today and by November 2018, 330 737 MAX 8 aircraft were in operation globally.

“Our highly trained and experienced flight crew and engineers remain vigilant. If we receive information that requires us to reassess the situation, please be assured we will take appropriate action in the interests of the safety of our staff and customers. Safety remains our foremost priority and we will not compromise on the safety of our crew and our customers.”

Jeanette Briedenhann
Jeanette Briedenhann
Jeanette Phillips joined the team in 2016. She developed a passion and love for all things-travel related in her role as travel journalist, a position she held for over seven years. A brief exodus into the corporate marketing sphere proved that there is no better industry than the travel industry. Research and writing are two of Jeanette’s greatest passions, but she is always open to new challenges and different ways of doing things.

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