Kuala Lumpur: The UK and Malaysia on Tuesday banned Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes from their airspace two days after 157 people were killed on this aircraft during a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.
As per ANI, Norwegian Air will also ground its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet following a recommendation from European aviation authorities.
The development comes a day after 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.
Hours after the mishap took place, China’s aviation regulator also grounded all flights of that model. The Civil Aviation Administration of China issued a statement saying that all domestic Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets would be out of action for some time, due to its principle of zero tolerance for safety hazards.
Till date, at least 25 airlines have grounded the Max 8. Meanwhile, Boeing said it is planning to issue a software update and is also working on changes to its flight controls and training guidelines.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the US had also 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.
Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India has issued an advisory for all Indian carriers operating the Boeing 737 MAX. As per the guidelines issued, 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.
Four Indians who were on the ill-fated flight too lost their lives. The DGCA also sought information from Boeing, Jet Airways and SpiceJet that operates the aircraft. The Ethiopian Airlines crash comes five months after Indonesia’s Lion Air B737 MAX crashed last October and killed all 189 on board.