Boeing under pressure to guarantee safety of 737 Max 8 aircraft after Ethiopian Airlines crash

Following the Ethiopian Airlines crash which killed 157 people yesterday, US plane maker Boeing has come under pressure to guarantee the safety of its 737 Max 8 aircraft.

While the cause of the crash is not yet known, it shares similarities with last year’s Lion Air jet, also a Boeing 737 Max 8, which crashed minutes after take-off after plunging into the Java Sea after taking off from Jakarta, killing 189.

It has been reported that the plane’s black box which contains a flight recorder has been recovered has been recovered from the crash scene.

China’s aviation watchdog has ordered its airlines to temporarily ground their Max 8 planes. Cayman Airways has suspended operations with both of its new planes while the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it was “closely monitoring developments” following Sunday’s crash.

The European Aviation Safety Agency, which currently issues directives for the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority, has not yet commented.

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