Following the March 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash, the Federal Government has banned Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from operating in Nigeria’s airspace. Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika said the decision was made at the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, held in Abuja, Wednesday.
The minister said he had earlier tweeted that there was no cause for alarm as no operator in Nigeria was using the type of airplane. He said the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has already issued an advisory statement saying “that nobody should fly out of Nigeria or into Nigeria using the 737 Max pending the determination of the actual cause of the crash in Ethiopia and also pending the outcome of the response of the manufacturer themselves which is Messrs Boeing.”
“Regardless of the enormous safety records of the 737, it has caused concern for the world of aviation. We have issued directives that no operators with 737 (8) or (9) should operate into or out of our airports,” he said.
Ethiopian Airlines has also grounded all B737-8Max Airplanes in its fleet.
Similarly, China, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia are among the countries that have grounded or suspended operations of 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
The Ethiopian Airlines crash, in which all 157 onboard were killed, involved a Boeing 737 Max 8. Reports say the incident was the second such crash involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 in the last five months. A Lion Air 737 Max 8 crashed in October 2018, killing all 189 passengers and crew.
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