Pressure mounts to ground Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after second crash in 6 months

157 people on board Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 737 Max 8 have died following a crash on Sunday.

The aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all on board.

Read: Boeings grounded, as search continues for Ethiopian Airline black box

This is the second time a brand-new Boeing aircraft has crashed minutes into flight in less than six months.

Aviation expert and Managing Editor at SA Flyer Magazine Guy Leitch, says this is a tragedy in the African aviation industry.

Especially because Africa has done so much to improve its aviation record over the past five years from being as much as nine times more dangerous in the world average to having no fatal accidents over the past few years.

Guy Leitch, Aviation expert and Managing editor - SA Flyer Magazine

This is an enormous setback. There are similarities between the two crashes and the problem with the Lion Air crash is pretty well know and it is related to new systems managing the auto trim to balance the aircraft.

Guy Leitch, Aviation expert and Managing editor - SA Flyer Magazine

The same sort of circumstances or similarities and similar systems are showing on this crash.

Guy Leitch, Aviation expert and Managing editor - SA Flyer Magazine

He adds that there is enormous pressure on airlines to ground these Boeing 737 Max 8.

Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it has grounded all its Boeing 737 Max 8.

China has also announced that it has grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 until further investigations are conducted.

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