Iran said on Friday March 15th that it had closed its airspace to the Boeing 737 Max aircraft, alongside other nations, in reaction to the two fatal plane crashes in five months, involving that model of plane, AP has reported.
"A ban on the passage of the Boeing Max aircraft through Iran's skies has been issued as has been the case with other countries," Reza Jafarzadeh, head of public relations at Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, was quoted as saying by the semi-official news agency Fars.
A Boeing Max plane owned by Ethiopian Airlines crashed last week and killed all 157 people aboard. A previous crash involving the model killed 189 people in Indonesia five months before.
Iran itself has no Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, due to decades-long US sanctions on the country.