Pressure mounts on Boeing as more countries reject 'killer planes'

Pressure mounts on Boeing as more countries reject 'killer planes'

- Boeing has been under immense pressure as more countries joined Ethiopia to ground their passenger jets

- China, Mexico, Ethiopia, Brazil and South Africa have already grounded their Max 8 jets following the growing concern about the planes' safety

- The decision was followed by the Sunday, 10 March crash involving an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 jet

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Following the unfortunate Sunday, 10 March crash disaster involving Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8, pressure has been mounted on Boeing, the manufacturer of the narrow-shaped plane, as more countries continue to ground the 737 Max 8 jets.

Daily Mail reported that India's Jet Airways on Tuesday, 12 March followed the paths of China, Mexico, Ethiopia, Brazil and South Africa by grounding its Max 8 jets amid the growing concern about the planes' safety.

Briefly.co.za recalls that the Sunday crash killed all the 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard less than 10 minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa.

The disaster occurred five months after another crash disaster involving a Malaysian jet of the same product killed 189 passengers on board.

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Australia had earlier suspended 737 MAX aircraft from flying to or from the country while Singapore was reported to have issued the same orders at its busy Changi airport.

Report also claimed that apart from Indonesia and other countries that have taken the same action, Vietnam has also stopped granting licences for the jet pending the outcome of the investigation into the cause of the crash.

US regulators have ordered Boeing to make urgent improvements to the aircraft model as passengers have taken to social media to register their displeasure and concerns about the security of the so-called 'killer jet'.

Reports claimed that those who commented on the incident have demanded that they be grounded globally pending the time confidence will be passed on the airliner.

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Briefly.co.za earlier reported that a Lesotho-born climate specialist was among 157 people who lost their lives in the tragic plane crash. Max Thabiso Edkins worked for Connect4Climate as a climate specialist and he was reportedly on his way to Kenya to attend a week-long conference.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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