Ethiopian Plane Crash Latest: UK, Germany, 7 Other Countries Ban Boeing 737 Max, While Nigerian Airline Makes Fresh Order
It appears the Nigerian government is always going in parallel lines from what other countries are doing or adopting. Or how do you explain that while 8 countries in the world have unanimously banned the Boeing 737 MAX from their air spaces, due to its frequent air accidents, Nigerian Air Peace Airlines has instead placed fresh order for the Boeing 737 MAX.
Recall that on Sunday, Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX, a new plane went down just few minutes after taking off, on its way to Nairobi in Kenya. The crash killed ass 157 people on board, including Nigerian-Canadian writer Prof Pius Adesanmi, thus throwing the country into a state of mourning. The crash is the second 737 MAX deadly crash in 5 months on its Lion Air Jet, after its last crash which killed 189 people in in Indonesia in October.
Following the crash, US regulators immediately ordered Boeing to make urgent improvements to the model and insisted they would take action if safety issues are detected. But it was not enough to reassure aviation authorities in Britain, Singapore, Germany, China, Australia, Malaysia and Oman, as they reacted by banning all 737 MAX planes from their airspace.
China, one of the biggest markets for Boeing, has already ordered its domestic airlines to suspend operations of the plane as at Monday, as did in Indonesia.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement headlined “Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft” that “as a precautionary measure” it had decided “to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace”.
Aviation regulators in Singapore, a global air travel hub and popular transit point for long-haul travellers, also said they would work with the country’s main airport and “the affected airlines to minimise any impact to travelling passengers”.
One Singapore airline, SilkAir, uses 737 MAX aircraft while a handful of foreign airlines operate the planes in the city-state. In its statement announcing the 737 MAX ban, Malaysia’s aviation regulator noted the two recent fatal accidents involving the model. Oman’s Public Authority for Civil Aviation said it was suspending the variant’s flights in its jurisdiction “until further notice”.
Low-cost airline Norwegian Air Shuttle said Tuesday it would suspend flights of its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft until further notice. Norwegian, which operates 18 of the planes, will keep them grounded pending advice from aviation authorities, Operations Chief Tomas Hesthammer stated.
Meanwhile, air travellers in Nigeria have expressed worry over the recent order made by Air Peace, Nigeria’s largest domestic carrier, for the purchase of 10 Boeing 737 MAX jets. Although Air Peace clarified on Monday, that it has not yet taken delivery of the aircraft, some passengers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, urged the airline to review its deal with Boeing considering the fact that the aircraft in question has been involved in two recent fatal accidents.