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Air companies massively ban use of Boeing 737 MAX 8, 9 due to recent crash in Ethiopia

The tragedy that took place last weekend claimed 157 lives
09:31, 13 March 2019

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Air companies worldwide have been refusing from the use of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Boeing 737 MAX 9. Many countries tend to be closing their airspace for these particular passenger planes, Reuters wrote. The reason is the recent tragedy, which occurred in Ethiopia on March 10, when 157 people lost their lives in the plane crash.

'The U.S. aviation regulator said it would not ground the planes and that a review “shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft', the news agency reported.

The EU and Switzerland, however, decided that the use of this aircraft would be suspended and closed the airspace for these planes. 

The U.S. side points out that some reports have been assuming a relation between the latest crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia; on the other hand, it's still too early to make any conclusions. 

Related: Plane with 157 people on board crashes in Ethiopia

The manufacturer will be obliged to modernize these models, submitting changes to the jet's design and refreshing the software.

Currently, there are 74 Boeing 737 MAX employed in the U.S. alone; another 387 belong to other countries. 

Earlier, we reported that an Ethiopian Airlines plane flying from Addis Ababa to Kenya crashed in Ethiopia. 149 passengers and 8 crew members were on board of the Boeing 737-800 MAX. The crash occurred on March 10, at 8:44 am local time. The airline representatives said that the flight ET 302 crashed near the city of Bishoftu, 62 kilometers south-east of Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian broadcasting company, citing a source in the airlines, said that no one survived as a result of the plane crash. “There are no survivors aboard the plane that was carrying passengers from 33 countries,” the message says. This is the second recent crash of the latest version of Boeing’s workhorse narrowbody jet that first entered service in 2017. 

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