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Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes will remain grounded until security clearance: China

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

said on Tuesday that 737 MAX 8 planes will not be allowed to fly until their security is guaranteed, as it ruled out any politics behind its decision to ground nearly 100 such aircraft after the deadly Ethiopian crash.

China's civil regulator on Monday ordered domestic carriers to ground all 737 MAX 8 planes, citing flight safety, a day after an aircraft of similar model operated by the Ethiopian crashed in killing all 157 passengers and crew, including 10 Indians and Indian-origin Canadians.

The crash of Ethiopian plane came five months after another 737 MAX 8 of crashed in that killed 189 passengers and crew. Reports said there were similarities between the Ethiopian and Indonesian air crashes as they both occurred during take-off, involving new aircraft that had just been delivered.

Apart from China, and have also ordered the airlines to ground their Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes.

"As for China, the Civil Authority of (CAAC) has said that they will stay in touch with the US and Boeing," told a here.

After guaranteeing the security of the aircraft, they will resume operations. So we don't have a time table yet.

"Only after we confirm that there is no risk for security can we resume their operation. It is shows our sense of responsibility for passenger safety," he said.

In a bid to rule out any politics behind China's decision, Lu pointed to several other countries and airlines that have grounded the particular aircraft after Sunday's accident due to safety concerns.

"First I want to emphasise not only the CAAC but also many countries in the world and regions are grounding the commercial operations of this aircraft after the accident," he said.

and the US, the world's two largest economies, are locked in a trade war since Trump imposed heavy tariffs on imported and aluminium items from China in March last year, a move that sparked fears of a global trade war.

Trump imposed tariff hikes of up to 25 per cent on USD 250 billion of Chinese goods. In response, China imposed tit-for-tat tariffs on USD 110 billion of American goods.

Top trade officials from and China are holding talks to negotiate a comprehensive trade deal.

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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 15:50 IST