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Indonesia suspends operations of Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after Ethiopia crash

IANS  |  Jakarta 

has suspended operations of all 737 Max 8 planes operated by in the country, said here on Monday.

The move came after a plane of the same type, which was operated by Ethiopian and bound for Nairobi, Kenya, crashed minutes after take-off on Sunday, killing all 157 people aboard, including an Indonesian citizen.

It was the second crash of the new after one operated by Indonesia's crashed in October last year.

"We have temporarily grounded the planes to conduct inspection," of the ministry Hengki Angkasawan said, reported

"For now, we will conduct inspection. has informed us some findings in a release. We will inspect based on them. Later, if we find (violation) we will fully ground the planes," the said.

However, he could not give details on how long the inspection will take.

has a total of 11 737 Max planes, operated by two Indonesian carriers -- and state-owned PT Garuda Indonesia, according to Hengki.



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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 20:58 IST