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Russia's S7 Airlines suspends Boeing 737 MAX flights

Several countries already grounded their Boeing 737 MAX planes

MOSCOW, March 12. /TASS/. The Russian air carrier S7 Airlines made a decision to suspend use of Boeing 737 MAX passenger jets until receiving data about causes of crash of the airliner of this type in Ethiopia on March 10, the company said on Tuesday.

"S7 Airlines makes a decision to suspend operations of Boeing 737 MAX airliners from 00.01 am of March 13 Moscow time until receiving more detailed information about the investigation of causes of the Ethiopian Airlines’ jet crash. Airline specialists maintain a dialog with Boeing on a going basis and keep an eye on the investigation," S7 reports.

The air carrier’s fleet has two aircraft of this type.

The decision will not affect regularity of flights and all the flights will be carried normally, the airline added.

Several countries already announced suspension of flights for Boeing 737 MAX airplanes.

On March 10, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX, en route from Addis Ababa to Kenya’s Nairobi, crashed near the Ethiopian town of Bishoftu. Contact with the aircraft was lost six minutes after takeoff, the airline said. All 157 passengers and crewmembers on board the plane died.