An Air China Boeing 737 MAX 8 in Zhoushan. China operates the world’s largest contingent of the aircraft. Photo: AP

European Union grounds Boeing 737 MAX, as a growing cascade of nations follows China’s lead after deadly crashes

  • In addition to the EU, regulators and airlines in 23 countries have now halted flights by Boeing’s 737 MAX
  • The crisis of confidence was triggered when a brand new Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crashed on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board
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An Air China Boeing 737 MAX 8 in Zhoushan. China operates the world’s largest contingent of the aircraft. Photo: AP
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The FAA has shown reluctance to take tough action against a major American manufacturer. Photo: Getty Images/AFP)

China taking lead to ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 signals challenge to US authority in worldwide civil aviation

  • Ethiopia, Indonesia, Singapore and European Union followed suit, among others, despite US Federal Aviation Administration backing jet’s airworthiness
  • Move puts pressure on US officials to explain their reasoning and future plans
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The FAA has shown reluctance to take tough action against a major American manufacturer. Photo: Getty Images/AFP)
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