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Ethiopia Closes Airspace to Boeing 737 MAX 8/9 Planes


Muluneh Gebre

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 08:31 GMT

Ethiopia has banned Boeing's 737 MAX 8/9 planes from crossing over its airspace following the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board on Sunday March 10.

"The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority has decided, as a precautionary measure, to ban all commercial flights of Boeing 737 MAXs 8/9 into and over Ethiopian territory," Anmut Lema, Communication Director of the Authority said

The ban came into effect starting from 10 AM, March 14, 2019. “All world countries’ representatives have been communicated about the ban,” the director said

The European Aviation Safety Agency has also banned Boeing 737 MAX 8 flights in its airspace, after Germany, France, and Britain announced national prohibitions.

A growing list of countries, including Ethiopia, Britain, France, Australia, China and the US, as well as individual airlines across the world, have already temporarily grounded their 737 Max 8 jets.