Ethiopian Airlines accuses Boeing 737 MAX 8 after a crash


Ethiopian Airlines announced on Monday that the Boeing 737 MAX 8 had killed 149 passengers and eight crew members after a fall.

"Following the tragic accident of ET 302 … Ethiopian Airlines has decided to ground the entire B-737-8 MAX fleet effective yesterday, March 10," the state carrier said in a statement released on Twitter ,

"Although we do not yet know the cause of the accident, we must resolve to ground the fleet as an additional safeguard," said Africa's largest airline.

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All 157 people died aboard when the ET 302 crashed in Nairobi just six minutes after the start of Addis Ababa.

It was plowed into a field near Tulu Fara village outside the town of Bishoftu, about 60 km southeast of the Ethiopian capital.

China also rebuilt its fleet of the Boeing 737 MAX 8.

Among the dead were tourists, business travelers and UN staff members who were going to a conference.

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