A host of aviation regulators and airlines around the world have announced that they have banned the use of the 737 MAX 8 following the fatal crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. In a statement, Boeing said that it understood the decision but offered reassurance that safety is its main priority.
Multiple national aviation regulators and carriers around the globe have announced that they are banning or suspending the use of Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 jet after the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on Sunday.
China’s civil aviation authority and Cayman Airways were among the first to suspend the use of the jet in the day following the crash. Since then, City A.M. reports that aviation authorities in Australia, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia have banned the use of this kind of aircraft.
Additionally, the outlet has also reported that Ethiopian Airlines, Aeromexico, Aerolineas Argentinas, Comair and Eastar Jet have suspended their use of the craft. China Southern, China Eastern and China Airlines have all followed suit and, as reported by Sky News, the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) stated that it would not permit craft of this type to enter the country’s airspace.
“The UK Civil Aviation Authority has been closely monitoring the situation, however, as we do not currently have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace,” it explained in an official statement.
As a consequence of this announcement, both TUI – a charter carrier based out of London Luton Airport (LTN) – and Norwegian have confirmed that their fleets of 737 MAX 8s are not currently operating.
An investigation into the cause of the crash of ET302 is underway.
Offering its comments on the current situation, Boeing has stated, “Safety is Boeing’s number one priority and we have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX. We understand that regulatory agencies and customers have made decisions that they believe are most appropriate for their home markets.”
“We’ll continue to engage with them to ensure they have the information needed to have confidence in operating their fleets. The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is not mandating any further action at this time, and based on the information currently available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators,” it added.
On Monday, in an effort to offer reassurance to the global aviation industry, the FAA issued a Continued Airworthiness Notification for the 737 MAX 8.