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China on Monday also ordered its airlines to suspend operations of

their 737 MAX 8 jets by 6 p.m. (1000 GMT) following the second crash

of a Boeing 737 MAX jet since one run by Indonesia's Lion Air went

down in October 2018The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)

said it would notify airlines when they could resume flying the jets, after

contacting Boeing and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

"Given that two accidents both involved newly delivered Boeing 737-8 planes and happened during take-off phase, they have some degree of similarity," the CAAC said, adding the step was in line with its principle of zero tolerance of safety hazards. The 737 MAX 8 is sometimes referred to as the 737-8.

Indonesia also said it would temporarily ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft for inspection. In October, a 737 MAX 8 operated by budget carrier Lion Air crashed 13 minutes after take-off from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on a domestic flight, killing all 189 on board. Cayman Airways sad it had grounded both of its new 737 MAX 8 jets temporarily too, while India announced a safety review. A senior U.S. official said it was too early to tell if there was any direct connection between the two accidents but assessing that was a priority for investigators.

By January-end, Boeing had delivered 350 of the 737 MAX family jets to customers, with 4,661 more on order. Boeing shares slid almost 10 percent in early trading on Monday. The move, if maintained through normal trading hours, would be the biggest fall in Boeing's stock in nearly two decades, halting a surge that has seen it triple in value in just over three years to a record high of $446 last week.

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Comment by Michael Grove on March 12, 2019 at 19:27

Donald Trump has suggested that modern planes are too complex in the wake of two deadly crashes in the past five months. The US president said that the additional "complexity creates danger" and hinders pilots from making "split second decisions" to ensure their passengers' safety.

"Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better," Mr Trump wrote on Twitter.

He added: "Split second decisions are... needed, and the complexity creates danger. All of this for great cost yet very little gain. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Albert Einstein to be my pilot. I want great flying professionals that are allowed to easily and quickly take control of a plane!"

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Comment by Michael Grove on March 22, 2019 at 17:20

Garuda Indonesia’s cancellation is believed to be the first scrapping of an order for the plane in reaction to the crashes. The deal is estimated to be worth $4.9 billion.

Ikhsan Rosan, a spokesman for Garuda Indonesia, told The Washington Post the decision to cancel the order was due to “consumers’ low confidence” in the airplanes after the crashes. The order was first announced in October 2014.

Rosan said airline officials told Boeing of the decision by letter and were scheduled to meet with representatives from Boeing to discuss the matter on March 28. A spokesman for Boeing said the company does not comment on discussions with customers.      


Comment by Michael Grove on March 22, 2019 at 17:27

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