After the Ethiopian Airlines crash, RAM grounds Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane

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Boeing's new 737 MAX 8 aircraft./Ph. DR

Royal Air Maroc (RAM), the Moroccan national carrier, announced, Monday, that it has suspended the use of Boeing's new 737 MAX 8 aircraft, following the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people.

The decision was taken to «start aircraft maintenance», RAM CEO Abdelhamid Addou told French-language online newspaper HuffPost Maroc.

Aircraft manufacturing company Boeing delivered Morocco’s first Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane on December the 22nd, 2018. The latter has been operating since January, 2019.

The kingdom would have to wait for the delivery of two other aircrafts from the same family after receiving a second one on February, the same source said.

Meanwhile, French-language newspaper Le Desk said that Boeing 737-800 MAX owned by RAM, «did not fly» on Monday.

«The plane’s last trip took place on March the 10th. The plane did not leave the Mohammed V airport since it landed, yesterday at 8:21 pm», the same source said, quoting FlightRadar24.

Ethiopian Airlines and the Civil Aviation Administration of China have also announced that they are suspending flight of the same model.

For the record, an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed, Sunday, 6 minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa near Bishoftu, located 60 km away from the capital, wrote ENA quoting the Prime Minister’s office.

Two Moroccan nationals, who were expected to attend an UN-backed panel in Nairobi, Kenya, died in the terrible Ethiopian Airlines crash.

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