Ethiopia Airlines crash: Which countries have grounded the 737 Max 8?

Ethiopia Airlines crash: Which countries have grounded the 737 Max 8?

A growing number of airlines around the world have grounded their Boeing 737 Max 8 jets following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that killed 157 people on Sunday.

Here is a list of other countries that have grounded the aircraft so far:

UK

The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority has banned any commercial passenger flights by Boeing 737 Max aircraft from “arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace”.

In a statement, the CAA said: “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 overflying UK airspace.

“The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s safety directive will be in place until further notice.

“We remain in close contact with the European Aviation Safety Agency and industry regulators globally.”

Tui Airways, which has the only five 737 Max 8 aircraft operated by a UK-based airline and was due to begin flying a sixth later this week, said in response to the CAA announcement that other aircraft would be used to transport passengers who were due to fly in the jets.

The statement said: “TUI Airways can confirm that all 737 MAX 8 aircraft currently operating in the UK have been grounded following the decision from the UK regulatory authorities today.

“Any customers due to fly home today on a 737 MAX 8 from their holiday will be flown back on another aircraft.

“Customers due to travel in the coming days will also travel on holiday as planned on other aircraft.

“The safety and well-being of our customers and staff has remained our primary concern.”

Ethiopia

Ethiopian Airlines has grounded its Max 8 jets (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Ethiopian Airlines has grounded its Max 8 jets (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

A spokesman for Ethiopian Airlines says it will ground its remaining four Max 8 jets as an “extra safety precaution” while it investigates Sunday’s deadly crash.

Asrat Begashaw said investigations and the search for bodies and aircraft debris will continue. The airline is awaiting the delivery of 25 more Max 8 jets.

Brazil

Brazil’s Gol Airlines has suspended the use of 121 Max 8 jets. The airline said it is following the investigation of the Max 8 closely and hopes to return the aircraft to use as soon as possible.

Gol said it has made nearly 3,000 flights with the Max 8, which went into service last June, with “total security and efficiency”.

Cayman Islands

Cayman Airways, a Caribbean carrier, said it stopped using its two Max 8 jets starting on Monday. President and CEO Fabian Whorms said the airline is committed to “putting the safety of our passengers and crew first”.

Mr Whorms said the move will cause changes to flight schedules. Cayman is the flag carrier of Cayman Islands, a British overseas territory. It received its first Max 8 in November and its second earlier this month.

China

China’s civilian aviation authority ordered all Chinese airlines to ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes (Xu Yu/Xinhua via AP)
China’s civilian aviation authority ordered all Chinese airlines to ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes (Xu Yu/Xinhua via AP)

China has 96 Max 8 jets in service, belonging to carriers such as Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines. The civilian aviation authority directed the planes to be grounded indefinitely on Monday.

It said the order was “taken in line with the management principle of zero tolerance for security risks”. There were eight Chinese citizens on the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed shortly after taking off on Sunday. The authority said it will consult the US Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing before deciding when to lift the ban.

India

India’s Jet Airways says it is “in contact with the manufacturer” of Max 8 jets and has grounded five of them starting on Monday.

Indian airline SpiceJet also uses the aircraft, but it is unclear if those planes are grounded.

On Monday, India’s aviation watchdog ordered a safety assessment of the aircraft. It also issued safety instructions for flying the Max 8 jet.

Indonesia

Indonesia says it will temporarily ground Max 8 jets to inspect their airworthiness. Director general of Air Transportation Polana B Pramesti said the move was made to ensure flight safety.

A Lion Air jet crashed in October (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim, File)
A Lion Air jet crashed in October (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim, File)

A Lion Air model of the same plane crashed in Indonesia in October. Indonesian airlines operate 11 Max 8 jets. Lion Air, which owns 10 of them, said it will try to minimise the impact of the decision on operations. The other Max 8 jet belongs to national carrier Garuda.

Mexico

Mexican airline Aeromexico has suspended flights of its six Max 8 jets after the crash in Ethiopia.

Aeromexico said it “fully” trusts the safety of its fleet but ordered the grounding to ensure “the safety of its operations and the peace of mind of its customers”. It said other planes will take over the routes usually flown by the Max 8.

Singapore

SilkAir has six Max 8 jets (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
SilkAir has six Max 8 jets (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

Singapore has temporarily banned Max 8 jets — and other models in the Max range — from entering and leaving the country.

The civil aviation authority said it was “closely monitoring the situation” and the ban will be “reviewed as relevant safety information becomes available”. It added that it was in close communication with the FAA, Boeing and other aviation authorities.

SilkAir, a regional carrier owned by Singapore Airlines, has six Max 8 jets. It said the ban “will have an impact on some of the airline’s flight schedules”. The authority said flights to Singapore by China Southern Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Shandong Airlines and Thai Lion Air will also be affected.

South Korea

An Eastar Jet official said that the planes will be replaced by Boeing 737-800 planes from Wednesday on routes to Japan and Thailand.

She said the airline has not found any problems, but is voluntarily grounding Boeing 737 Max 8s in a response to customer concerns. She says the planes will not be used until the completion of a government safety review on the aircraft.

An official from South Korea’s Transportation Ministry says it has yet to find any problems from safety reviews on Eastar’s planes that started on Monday.

Australia

Australia has suspended all flights into or out of the country by Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority says no Australian airlines operate the aircraft type, but two foreign airlines — SilkAir and Fiji Airways — fly them to Australia.

Director of aviation safety, Shane Carmody, says that because of the two accidents, the temporary suspension of Boeing 737 Max operations is in the best interest of safety.

- Press Association

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