UK, Malaysia ban Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes from its airspace after deadly Ethiopia crash
Kuala Lumpur, Mar 12: After China, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia, Malaysia has now banned the Boeing's 737 Max 8 planes from operating in its airspace. And as per latest reports, even the United Kingdom has now banned Boeing's 737 Max 8 frpom operating in its airspace.
This comes after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing Max 8 crashed on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. Sunday's crash was second fatal accident involving Boeing's 737 Max 8 plane in less than five months.
A Lion Air 737 Max 8 crashed in October 2018, killing all 189 passengers and crew.
Even India's aviation regulator DGCA has tightened norms governing the operation of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. DGCA on Monday ordered additional maintenance checks for the planes operating in the country.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation or DGCA has directed Indian carriers to ensure that pilots have 1,000 hours and co-pilots 500 hours of flying experience on the 737 MAX 8. Full service carrier Jet Airways and low-cost carrier SpiceJet own and operate these aircraft in India.
Several airlines and regulators around the world have already grounded the Max 8 model following the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), of the United States, told airlines on Monday that it believes Boeing's 737 Max 8 model to be airworthy, despite the two fatal crashes, said reports.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said in a statement earlier today that it was "temporarily suspending 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 Boeing 737 Max fleet of aircraft are the latest in the company's successful 737 line. The group includes the Max 7, 8, 9 and 10 models. By the end of January, Boeing had delivered 350 of the Max 8 model out of 5,011 orders. A small number of Max 9s are also operating, a BBC report said.
The 737 MAX 8 was launched in 2017. Boeing has delivered more than 370 MAX planes to 47 customers, including leasing firms that place the jets with airlines around the world.
Boeing said on Monday the investigation into the Ethiopian Airlines crash is in its early stages and there is no need to issue new guidance to operators of its 737 MAX 8 aircraft based on the information it has so far. The 737 MAX 8 is a new model from the US aircraft manufacturer's best-selling 737, which has been operating since 1967. More than 350 Boeing 737-MAX planes have been delivered and more than 5,000 have been ordered worldwide since 2017.