The crash in Ethiopia was the second crash of the popular Boeing 737 MAX 8 model. Earlier, in October 2018, a brand new Lion Air plane crashed shortly after take-off from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, killing all 189 people on board. Initial findings indicate both Lion Air pilots were fighting an automated anti-stall software in the Max 8 model that may have been erroneously activated by incorrect flight data.

On Monday (11/03/2019) authorities in Ethiopia, China and Indonesia were the first to ground all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft (leading to a big plunge of Boeing shares). Indonesia's Transport Ministry ordered the temporary grounding in a bid to inspect and ensure the airworthiness of the aircraft. In Indonesia two airlines use the Boeing 737 MAX model: Lion Air and Garuda Indonesia. Meanwhile, China is among the biggest users of the Boeing 737 MAX model.