“Ban” on the Boeing 737 MAX in Europe after the Ethiopian accident

The air traffic of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in Europe was temporarily banned in Europe at the request of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines. Concerns are expressed about the safety levels of this type of aircraft, especially for the 737 MAX 8, after 2 crash cases.

Last October, Lion Air’s aircraft, JT 610, crashed in the Java Sea a little while after taking off from Jakarta, killing 189 passengers.

The Ethiopian Airlines accident was another one added to the history of the aircraft when an aircraft of the same type that carried out the ET 302 flight from Antibes Abeba to Nairobi crashed 30 miles from the departure airport. All 157 crew were killed.

Ethiopian Airlines has grounded the remaining 4 737 MAX aircraft just after the crash, and the authorities in China, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia have decided to suspend all flights with the same type of aircraft in their airspace.

The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority announced on Tuesday that it suspended the 737 MAX airline operations in its airspace, forcing two Turkish Airlines flights to return to the departure airport. Germany, France and other European countries have subsequently announced a similar ban, while later EASA has adopted an EU-wide directive for 737 MAX aircraft in an effort to ‘ensure passenger safety in all ways’, he pointed out.

A ban on flights from aircraft of the same type is a precautionary measure, EASA points out, stating explicitly the ban on flights from 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX aircraft in Europe.

In addition, it released safety instructions suspending all commercial flights operated by third country companies, inside or outside the EU, for these aircraft.

Boeing 737 MAX aircraft continue to run domestically in the US and Canada, but their transatlantic flights have been banned.

It is noted that Turkish Airlines today announced that it is suspending the use of the 12 B737 MAX passenger fleets in its fleet until further notice. The Decision will enter into force on 13 March 2019.

TUI for its part announced that it stops all flights made with Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in order to discuss the matter of safety with the relevant authorities and the construction company. He assured that travelers traveling with this type of aircraft would normally travel with alternative aircraft. 

In Europe, TUI uses 15 737 MAX aircraft, Norwegian 18 and Icelandair 3.

The Civil Aviation Authority, following the relevant European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) directive, banned flights from Boeing 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX from the 12th March 2019 at 21:00 in the Greek Airspace. The CAA clarifies that there is no Greek airline licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority to deploy aircraft of these types to its fleet. 


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