Singapore: The Aviation Regulator of Singapore announced its decision to ground all the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes following the Ethiopian Airlines crash.  “The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is temporarily suspending the operation of all variants of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft into and out of Singapore in light of two fatal accidents involving Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in less than five months,” the authority said in a statement.

CAAS added that the suspension of the flights would come into effect from 2 PM onward on Tuesday (March 12). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the US has declared that ‘immediate and appropriate action’ would be taken after identification of the reason behind the Ethiopian airlines crash that killed 157 people, including eight US citizens.

On Monday, the Civil Aviation Administration of China also ordered the airlines to suspend the use of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 after the ghastly Ethiopian Airlines crash. The Ministry of Transport of Indonesia, the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia and Ethiopian Airlines also joined the suspension, as did Cayman Airlines.

Following this, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) also issued an advisory for all Indian carriers operating the B737 MAX. As per the DGCA guidelines, only experienced pilots will operate the Boeing 737 MAX and the aircraft will not be released for commercial flying when certain systems are inoperative, said the statement.

Sunday’s air crash in Ethiopia claimed the lives of 157 passengers including 21 UN staff members.  A minute of silence was observed for the victims by the members of the UN General Assembly and the Security Council yesterday.

In yet another incident last October, Boeing 737 MAX 8 from the Indonesian low-cost airline Lion Air, crashed into the Java Sea killing 189 people. The black box of the Lion Air revealed failures in the automated system.

(With Agency inputs)