Ukraine's State Aviation Administration of Ukraine postponed the flights of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Boeing 737 MAX 9 due to the crashes in Ethiopia, the accurate reasons of are still being investigated. The press service of the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine reports this.
“From the time of the publication of this decision, flights by Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Boeing 737 MAX 9 are prohibited over the territory of Ukraine,” reads the report.
According to the document, the prohibition comes into force from 6:00 PM of Kyiv time or 4:00 UTC.
At the same time, non-commercial operations (for example, overhead flights) are not included in the decision of the State Aviation Service of Ukraine, and individual permits for flights from the territory of Ukraine should be agreed with the agency.
The State Aviation Service indicated, that earlier, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) decided to issue an emergency airworthiness directive and suspend commercial transport of the two-abovementioned aircraft models, within or out of the territory specified in the provisions of the EU Treaty.
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.