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13 - Mar - 2019

UK, France, Germany Impose Ban on Boeing 737 Max 8 Jets from their Airspace

A host of countries have banned the 737 Max 8 from their airspace after the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people.

Two Turkish Airlines flights headed to Gatwick and Birmingham were forced to turn back mid-air after the UK imposed the ban shortly after 1pm (UK time) Tuesday.

“We have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace,” the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said in a statement.

France’s DGAC civil aviation authority said, “French airline companies do not have Boeing 737 MAX in their fleets. Nevertheless, given the circumstances of the accident in Ethiopia, the French authorities took the decision, as a precautionary measure, to prohibit any commercial flight carried out on a Boeing 737 Max to, from, or over French territory.”

Singapore, Australia, Malaysia and Oman also temporarily suspended the use of the aircraft following the crash.

Norwegian Airlines yesterday joined 40 airlines from around the world that temporarily suspended the service of the Boeing 737 Max 8 jets.

The airline said it “will not operate any flights with this aircraft type until further notice”. 

Tomas Hesthammer, Norwegian’s acting Chief Operating Officer, said: “In response to the temporary suspension of Being 737 MAX operations by multiple aviation authorities we have taken the decision to not operate flights using this aircraft type until advised otherwise by the relevant aviation authorities.”

“We would like to apologize to customers for any inconvenienced caused, however, safety will always remain our top priority.”

US airlines, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing are yet to ground the jets.

CNN aviation expert Richard Quest said of the CAA’s decision, “the pressure is now intensifying on the FAA when world-respected authorities like the CAA and Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority have safety concerns about the aircraft.”

“It will be very difficult for the FAA to withstand the pressure to actually do something rather than just adopting this wait-and-see approach.”

By Airport Pickups London