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Egypt, Lebanon Bar Boeing 737 MAX Jets


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Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:48 GMT

Egypt and Lebanon have joined to other countries around the world in banning all Boeing 737 MAX planes from landing or taking off.

The Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday March 13th, it has barred the passage, takeoff and landing of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, according to Reuters. 

It added the civil aviation authority's decision was precautionary. No time-frame was given for how long the jets would be barred. 

No Egyptian airline, including the flagship carrier EgyptAir, has Boeing 737 MAX jets in their fleets, the statement said. 

Meanwhile, Lebanon's aviation authority also said it had banned all Boeing 737 MAX planes from landing in Beirut or flying in Lebanese airspace. 

The state news agency NNA said that a circular was issued by Mohammad Shehabeddine, director of the Civil Aviation Authority at Rafic Hariri International Airport. 

A number of countries have banned Boeing's new 737 MAX 8 medium-haul workhorse jet from their airspace in response to the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board. Several individual airlines have grounded their B-737 MAX 8 aircraft, according to an AFP report. 

Many others are continuing to fly the aircraft pending an investigation into the crash and possible guidance from Boeing itself.

The Nairobi-bound plane was the same type as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed in October, killing 189 passengers and crew; some officials have detected similarities between the two accidents. 

There are some 350 of the 737 MAX 8 planes currently in service around the world. 

Australia, the UK, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Oman and Singapore have already banned 737 MAX planes.

In addition, several airlines have taken a similar step by grounding their B-737 MAX jets. These are Argentina's Aerolineas Argentinas, Mexico's Aeromexico, Britain's Cayman Airways, South Africa's Comair, South Korea's Eastar Jet, Ethiopian Airlines, Brazil's Gol Airlines, Icelandair, Norway's Air Shuttle, UAE's Airline Flydubai, Russia's airline S7 and Turkish Airlines. 

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