March 11, 2019 / 6:00 PM / 7 months ago

Royal Air Maroc grounds Boeing 737 MAX 8 after Ethiopian crash

Rabat, March 11 (Reuters) - Morocco's national carrier Royal Air Maroc has temporarily grounded a Boeing 737 MAX 8 following the fatal crash of the same type of aircraft in Ethiopia, an official said on Monday.

An Ethiopian Airlines MAX 8 crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Royal Air Maroc on Sunday grounded its only MAX 8 in use and will not fly it until Boeing completes investigations into the aircraft type.

The grounding would not affect the airline's operations, the official said, adding that it has a second MAX 8 which is not yet in service. (Reporting by Ahmed Eljechtimi, writing by Alexander Cornwell, editing by Susan Fenton)

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