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16:36, 11 March 2019

Mongolia suspends commercial operations of Boeing 737-8 jet after Ethiopian crash

AKIPRESS.COM - National air carrier MIAT was ordered to temporarily suspend its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operations, Mongolia's Civil Aviation Authority said on Monday.

The move came a day after an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 bound for Nairobi crashed minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people onboard. The accident was the second crash involving the 737 MAX in the last four months. In October, Indonesia's Lion Air plane crashed into the sea off the country's capital of Jakarta, killing all 189 people onboard, Xinhua reports.

"We decided to suspend operations of MIAT's Boeing 737 Max 8 plane from Monday until further notice," the Mongolian Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement.

The national carrier of Mongolia received a Boeing 737 Max 8 jet on Feb. 21. The delivery was first of four 737 MAX ordered by the MIAT.

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