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Countries starts grounding the Boeing 737 Max 8 after deadly crashes

More than 150 people died in the last crash

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/NOVOSTIVL/ The crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on Sunday, which killed all 157 people on board, was the second crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 in the past five months. This article appeared in the Business Insider.

That has prompted some countries and airlines to halt their fleets while Boeing investigates whether there's a link between Ethiopia's disaster and the crash of Lion Air Flight 610, which plunged into the Java Sea 12 minutes after takeoff in October 2018.

A Boeing representative told Business Insider in an email that a Boeing technical team would be traveling to the crash site in Ethiopia to provide technical assistance with the investigation. The Lion Air crash is still being investigated as well.

Ethiopia

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Ethiopian Airlines on Monday said it would ground all of its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft "until further notice."

Australia

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On Tuesday, Australia's Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) banned all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from flying to or from the country.

"This is a temporary suspension while we wait for more information to review the safety risks of continued operations of the Boeing 737 MAX," CASA director of aviation safety, Shane Carmody told the Sydney Morning Herald.

China

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China's aviation authority on Monday morning local time said it had issued a notice to ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes used by domestic airlines in response to Sunday's crash.

A statement posted to the Civil Aviation Administration of China's website said similarities between the Ethiopian Airlines crash and the Lion Air crash had caused concern over the Boeing aircraft.

Indonesia

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Indonesia's air-safety regulator on Monday said it would halt all flights involving the planes starting Tuesday. The decision was reported Monday by Bloomberg and the Associated Press.

Singapore

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Singapore has suspended all Boeing 737 Max aircraft flying in and out of Singapore.

The ban started at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday (2:00 a.m. ET,) the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said.

Brazil

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Brazil's Gol Airlines has suspended 121 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.

The company said in a press release Monday since it began using the 737 Max 8 in June 2018, and their aircraft have made nearly 3,000 flights with "total security and efficiency."

Mexica

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Mexican airline AeroMexico said it's suspending six Boeing 737 Max 8 planes.

The company says it trusts "fully" in the safety of its fleet but adds that the grounding has been ordered to ensure "the safety of its operations and the peace of mind of its customers."

It says other planes will take over the flights usually flown by its Max 8 jets.

South Africa

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The South African airline Comair also said Monday it was grounding the 737 Max 8 out of an abundance of caution.

"Comair has decided to remove its 737 MAX 8 from its flight schedule, although neither regulatory authorities nor the manufacturer has required it to do so," Wrenelle Stander, executive director of Comair's airline division, said in a press release.

India

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India's Jet Airways said on Tuesday it has grounded its five Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.

South Korea

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South Korean airline Eastar Jet said it has suspended its two Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, mainly used to ferry passengers to Japan and Thailand.

An Eastar Jet official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the planes will be replaced by Boeing 737-800 planes from Wednesday on routes to Japan and Thailand. She didn't want to be named, citing office rules.

She says the airline hasn't found any problems, but is voluntarily grounding Boeing 737 Max 8s in a response to customer concerns.

Russia

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According to BBC News Russia, the only Russian operator Boeing 737 Max 8 - airline S7 Airlines-still continues to use this type of aircraft. "So far, the airline has not received any recommendations from Boeing about the need to suspend flights to Boeing 737 MAX," the company said.

S7 received two aircraft in October last year, only at that time it was ordered 11 such aircraft. Four more Russian airlines ordered Max: "Victory" (20), "Ural airlines" (14), Utair (28, according to Boeing) and "NordStar" (3).

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