More countries around the world are banning Boeing 737 MAX Jets following the fatal Ethiopia Airline crash on Sunday that killed all 157 passengers and entire crew. The dead passengers were from 35 countries including the U.S. and Canada.
The list of countries banning the American-built plane as a precautionary measure to ensure passenger safety has grown to more than 10.
It is important to note, however, that the cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Following China’s decision to suspend all commercial operations of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets on Monday, airline regulators in Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, India and Turkey imposed bans of their own on Tuesday, suspending flying and grounded their fleets of the aircraft model until “uncertainty” is clarified by the U.S. company.
Other countries to either ban or ground the Boeing 737 MAX planes are Australia, Norway, Argentina, Malaysia, Singapore, Brazil, South Korea, South Africa and Oman.
This has created dilemma as flights that were already enroute to some of these countries were forced to either reroute their trips or turn-around. Others had to cancel scheduled flights as more countries ban the aircraft from entry, take-off and fly within their airspaces.
This is the second fatal crash in about five months involving the same plane model after Indonesia’s Lion Air crashed and killed 189 last October bringing scrutiny over the plane’s control system.
The fatal crash of the Ethiopian Airline on Sunday has further increased scrutiny over the jet’s control system.
Below is the list (and still growing) of countries and airlines that have imposed a ban on the Boeing 737 MAX jets.
—Argentina (Aerolíneas Argentinas)
—Brazil (GOL Linhas Aéreas)
—Cayman Islands (Cayman Airways)
—EASA member states
—Mongolia (MIAT Mongolian Airlines)
—Morocco (Royal Air Maroc)
—South Africa (Comair)
—South Korea (Eastar Jet)
—United Kingdom (TUI Airways)
So far, major U.S. and Canadian airlines have not suspended operations of Boeing 737 MAX jet aircrafts.
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