(Yicai Global) March 13 -- There is no timetable to resume commercial operations of Boeing 737-8 aircraft in China following the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesperson Lu Kang said Tuesday at a regular press conference.
The fatal Ethiopian Airlines flight crash killed 157 people on board, including eight Chinese. It is the second deadly crash of Boeing's latest model in less than five months. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) suspended operations of this aircraft on Monday.
"The CAAC's announcement has clearly indicated that they will contact the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Boeing Company to confirm effective measures for flight safety, and then notify Chinese airlines to resume Boeing 737-8 aircraft's commercial operations," Lu said.
The civilian aviation authority gave the order "in line with the management principle of zero tolerance for security risks." China has 96 737-8 jets in service, and carriers such as Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines will be affected by the suspension.
It is responsible for all passengers to ensure that there are no safety risks before resuming the Boeing aircraft operations, Lu said.