- Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed on Sunday, killing all 157 passengers on board.
- The crash had eerie similarities to the Lion Air crash in October, which also involved a Boeing 737 Max 8.
- Countries and airlines around the world are grounding their entire Boeing 737 Max 8 fleets.
- On Tuesday, the governments of Australia and Singapore made anti-737 Max rulings, while South Korean carrier Eastar Jet grounded its fleet.
The crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on Sunday, which killed all 157 people on board, was the second crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 in the past five months.
That has prompted at least four countries and seven airlines to halt their fleets while Boeing investigates whether there’s a link between Ethiopia’s disaster and the crash of Lion Air Flight 610, which plunged into the Java Sea 12 minutes after takeoff in October 2018.
The US’ top air safety regulator said in a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC) on Monday evening that the plane is still safe for flight and that there is no data to “draw any conclusions” between the two disasters.
Still, the Federal Aviation Administration said it will recommend design changes to the airplane as well as updates to its training requirements and operations checklists. Around the world, 59 airlines operate the plane, according to the FAA.
Britain, Australia, China, Norway, and more have grounded the plane. Here’s who’s taken action so far (this list will be updated):
Ethiopian Airlines, the carrier whose plane crashed on March 11.
Ethiopian Airlines on Monday said it would ground all of its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft “until further notice.”
China’s aviation authority on Monday morning local time said it had issued a notice to ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes used by domestic airlines in response to Sunday’s crash.
A statement posted to the Civil Aviation Administration of China’s website said similarities between the Ethiopian Airlines crash and the Lion Air crash had caused concern over the Boeing aircraft.
“Safety is our number one priority and we are taking every measure to fully understand all aspects of this accident, working closely with the investigating team and all regulatory authorities involved,” a representative for Boeing China told Business Insider. “The investigation is in its early stages, but at this point, based on the information available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators.”
Britain followed suit on Tuesday, banning the 737 MAX 8 from its airspace until further notice.
“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 overlfying UK airspace,” a spokesperson said.
“We remain in close contact with the European Safety Agency (EASA) and industry regulators globally.”
On Tuesday, Australia’s Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) banned all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from flying to or from the country.
“This is a temporary suspension while we wait for more information to review the safety risks of continued operations of the Boeing 737 MAX,” CASA director of aviation safety, Shane Carmody told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Singapore has suspended all Boeing 737 Max aircraft flying in and out of Singapore.
The ban started at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday (2:00 a.m. ET,) the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said.
SilkAir, China Southern Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Shandong Airlines, and Thai Lion Air are frequent flyers to the airport, and all operate several 737 Max craft.
Oman’s civil aviation authority said Tuesday morning that its suspending the 737 MAX 8 into and out of all airports in the country until further notice.
Brazil’s Gol Airlines has suspended 121 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.
The company said in a press release Monday since it began using the 737 Max 8 in June 2018, and their aircraft have made nearly 3,000 flights with “total security and efficiency.”
Cayman Airways on Sunday evening said it would ground its two 737 Max 8 aircraft until more information was received.
“While the cause of this sad loss is undetermined at this time, we stand by our commitment to putting the safety of our passengers and crew first by maintaining complete and undoubtable safe operations,” Cayman Airways’ president and CEO, Fabian Whorms, said in a statement.
“We offer our valued customers our continued assurance that all prudent and necessary actions required for the safe operation of our Max 8’s will be accomplished before the aircraft are returned to service,” he said, adding that the move would require the airline to make some minor schedule and capacity changes.
The South African airline Comair also said Monday it was grounding the 737 Max 8 out of an abundance of caution.
“Comair has decided to remove its 737 MAX 8 from its flight schedule, although neither regulatory authorities nor the manufacturer has required it to do so,” Wrenelle Stander, executive director of Comair’s airline division, said in a press release.
“While Comair has done extensive preparatory work prior to the introduction of the first 737 MAX 8 into its fleet and remains confident in the inherent safety of the aircraft, it has decided temporarily not to schedule the aircraft while it consults with other operators, Boeing and technical experts,” it continued.
South Korean airline Eastar Jet said it has suspended its two Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, mainly used to ferry passengers to Japan and Thailand.
An Eastar Jet official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the planes will be replaced by Boeing 737-800 planes from Wednesday on routes to Japan and Thailand. She didn’t want to be named, citing office rules.
She says the airline hasn’t found any problems, but is voluntarily grounding Boeing 737 Max 8s in a response to customer concerns.
Royal Air Maroc grounded its sole Boeing 737 MAX 8 on Sunday, Reuters reported.
A company official, speaking on condition of anonymity to the wire service, said Royal Air Maroc grounded its only MAX 8 in use and will not fly it until Boeing completes investigations into the aircraft type.
India’s Jet Airways said on Tuesday it has grounded its five Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft
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