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Boeing says no ‘new guidance’ for 737 MAX 8 operators after fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash

China orders its airlines to ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets
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The investigation into the Ethiopian Airlines crash is in its early stages and there is no need to issue new guidance to operators of its 737 MAX 8 aircraft based on the information it has so far, Boeing said on Monday.

“Safety is our number one priority and we are taking every measure to fully understand all aspects of this accident, working closely with the investigating team and all regulatory authorities involved,” a Boeing spokesman said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

READ MORE: Growing number of countries ground Boeing Max 8 planes after fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash

China’s aviation regulator on Monday grounded nearly 100 Boeing Co 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by its airlines, more than a quarter of the global fleet of the jets, after a deadly crash of one of the planes in Ethiopia.

West Jet and Air Canada, which both have fleets of the 737 MAX 8 planes, said in a statement that they are not grounding the planes.

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WATCH: Eighteen Canadians among 157 killed in Ethiopia plane crash

Eighteen Canadians among 157 killed in Ethiopia plane crash
Eighteen Canadians among 157 killed in Ethiopia plane crash

Sunday’s crash, minutes after take-off, of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 bound for Nairobi, killed all 157 on board, including 18 Canadians, and prompted the carrier to ground the rest of its 737 MAX jets.

In October, a 737 MAX 8 operated by Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air crashed 13 minutes after take-off from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on a domestic flight, killing all 189 on board. The 737 MAX 8 first entered service in 2017.