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China orders local airlines to ground Boeing 737

AFP  |  Beijing 

on Monday ordered domestic to suspend commercial operation of the MAX 8, citing the Ethiopian crash and another deadly accident of that same model in

Noting the "similarities" between the two accidents, China's Civil Administration said domestic had until 6:00 pm local time to ground all 737 aircraft.

Operation of the model will only resume after "confirming the relevant measures to effectively ensure flight safety", the administration said in a statement.

The authority will contact the US Federal Administration and Boeing, it said.

The statement cited the Kenya-bound flight that crashed minutes after takeoff from on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board, including eight from

It also mentioned the flight, which crashed after takeoff from in October, killing all 189 people on board.

is an important market for the US aircraft company, accounting for about one-fifth of worldwide deliveries of MAX models.

The company has delivered 76 MAX aircraft to Chinese airlines, which have ordered another 104, according to data from the aircraft maker's website updated through January.

Boeing and joint venture partner of China (COMAC) operate a plant in the eastern city of that completes the interiors of 737 MAX planes for Chinese airlines.

The factory delivered its first plane to in December. The planes are assembled in Renton, state, and taken to to finish the interior work, according to Boeing.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 09:40 IST