Boeing 737 Max planes grounded in Europe, elsewhere after Ethiopia crash
|CTVnews 12 Mar 2019 at 15:50|
A growing number of aviation authorities around the world have grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8, but Canada says it currently has no plans to do the same.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is among those temporarily restricting the use of the Max 8 plane, stating in a press release Tuesday that it was a precautionary measure.
EASA is continuously analyzing the data as it becomes available, the release said. The accident investigation is currently ongoing, and it is too early to draw any conclusions as to the cause of the accident
The move to remove the passenger jet from some countries skies comes after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that killed 157 people on Sunday, less than six months after the same type of jet from Indonesia crashed into the ocean, killing 189.
It is important to let the professionals determine the cause, Canadas Transport Minister Marc Garneau said on Monday. Flying is a very safe way to travel in this country, the statistics show that very, very clearly.
Garneau tweeted Tuesday that he had cancelled all his meetings and public engagements to meet with his civil aviation expert panel. All evidence is being evaluated in real time and were considering all potential actions, he wrote.
A number of Canadian airlines operate the Boeing 737 Max 8, including Air Canada, which has 24 of the jets, according to .
Several airlines around the world have announced this week that they are grounding the jets. Although Air Canada did not ground its jets, it was forced to cancel its Halifax to London and St. Johns to London flights Tuesday and Wednesday, after the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority banned the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.
Here is the list of countries that have officially banned the Boeing 737 MAX 8 from flying.
The French Civil Aviation Authority joined the growing list of countries in banning the aircraft from its airspace on Tuesday. French airlines do not have any Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, but any flights on that aircraft departing from, travelling to or flying across the country are banned, authorities said.
Germany s Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer said that the country was closing its airspace to Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. The minister confirmed to news agency dpa on Tuesday that the ban was in effect, quoting him on its website as saying safety was priority and "until all doubts are cleared up, I have ordered that German airspace be closed for the Boeing 737 Max with immediate effect."
The Civil Aviation Administration of China directed the aircraft to be grounded indefinitely on Monday. It said the order was "taken in line with the management principle of zero tolerance for security risks."
The Civil Aviation Authority in Australia officially suspended the operation of the aircraft on Tuesday, though none of the countrys airlines operate the Boeing 737 MAX. SilkAir from Singapore and Fiji Airways are the only operators affected by the suspension in the country.
A temporary suspension was also issued by the Irish Aviation Authority on Tuesday. This decision has been taken based on ensuring the continued safety of passengers and flight crew, which is the IAAs number one priority, the agency said in a statement .