Europe bans Boeing 737 Max aircraft from airspace after Ethiopia Airlines crash
London, March 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Two models of Boeing 737 aircraft have been banned from operating across the whole of Europe after the Ethiopia Airlinesplane crash, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has announced.
Boeing Model 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX were banned from the skies over Europe following the Ethiopia Airlines crash in which 157 people died, including 9 British citizens.
It was the second disaster involving the 787 Max 8 model in five months after last October’s Lion Air crash in Indonesia, which killed all 189 people on board.
The EASA said it was “taking every step necessary to ensure the safety of passengers. “
In a statement: “As a precautionary measure, EASA has published today an Airworthiness Directive, effective as of 19:00 UTC, suspending all flight operations of all Boeing Model 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX aeroplanes in Europe.
In addition EASA has published a Safety Directive, effective as of 19:00 UTC, suspending all commercial flights performed by third-country operators into, within or out of the EU of the above mentioned models.
“The accident investigation is led by the Ethiopian Authorities with the support of the National Transportation Safety Board, as the aircraft was designed and built in the United States. EASA has offered their assistance in supporting the accident investigation.
“EASA is continuously analysing the data as it becomes available. The accident investigation is currently ongoing, and it is too early to draw any conclusions as to the cause of the accident.”
to draw any conclusions as to the cause of the accident.”
In a statement, the CAA said: “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.
“The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s safety directive will be in place until further notice.
“We remain in close contact with the European Aviation Safety Agency and industry regulators globally.” ES