Egypt bans Boeing 737 MAX jets from airspace

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 14, 2019 12:11 hrs
Boeing 737 Max aircraft (Image Courtesy: Boeing)

Egypt: Joining a host of other nations, Egypt on Wednesday issued a ban on the operations of Boeing 737 Max 8 from its airspace, following the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash which killed all 157 people on board.

The ban was issued as a “precautionary measure” to ensure the safety of passengers, reported CNN.

Countries including Australia, Singapore, UK, Ireland, France, India, and the Netherlands have also disallowed the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from operation in its airspace. A host of carriers like Jet Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Aeromexico, and Turkish Airlines have also grounded their fleets containing the said aircraft, citing customer safety.

Notably, the United States Aviation Regulator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday said that there is “no basis” to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8.

The Egyptian Authority took the decision due to the “lack of clarity” surrounding the causes of the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

Questions regarding the safety of the widely used Boeing 737 MAX 8 rose after the jets of he said make were involved in two air crashes in the last five months.

On March 10, flight number 302 of the Ethiopian airlines crashed a few minutes after takeoff from Adis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board.

An aircraft of the same make was also involved in the Lion Airlines plane crash in the Java Sea near Jakarta, Indonesia last year. Here too, the aircraft crashed a few minutes after taking off, claiming the lives of all 189 people on board.