UK, France, Germany, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, China ground Boeing 737Max aircraft
Addis Ababa, March 12, 2019 (FBC) – The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority has banned the Boeing 737 MAX from operating in or over UK airspace “as a precautionary measure”.
The decision comes after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing Max 8 crashed on Sunday, killing 157 people on board, the second fatal accident involving that model in less than five months
The UK joins France, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, China and Australia, in banning the aircraft.
The CAA said the directive would remain in place until further notice.
Tui Airways and Norwegian both operate the Boeing Max 8 in the UK as part of their fleets.
“The UK Civil Aviation Authority has been closely monitoring the situation, however, as we do not currently have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace,” a CAA statement said.
A Tui statement confirmed their 737 Max 8 aircraft were grounded following the CAA’s decision.
“Any customers due to fly home today on a 737 MAX 8 from their holiday will be flown back on another aircraft.
“Customers due to travel in the coming days will also travel on holiday as planned on other aircraft,” Tui said in a statement.