As Countries and Airlines Grounded Boeing 737 Max, Sirika says no Controversial Aircraft Models on its Register

Hadi Sirika

As Countries and Airlines Grounded Boeing 737 Max, Sirika says no Controversial Aircraft Models on its Register

Airline regulators across the globe are grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, joining an ever expanding list of countries banning the plane from their airspace. This comes in the wake of Sunday’s deadly plane crash in Ethiopia that killed all 157 people on board. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Members of the ground crew chat near a Boeing 737 Max 8 plane operated by Shanghai Airlines and parked on the tarmac at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport in China. On Monday, the Civil Aviation Administration of China ordered all the country’s airlines to ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after Sunday’s fatal crash of the same model plane in Ethiopia

The latest move came Tuesday from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) when it announced a suspension of two Boeing 737 Max models in all flights in the European bloc.

The wave of bans follows the Civil Aviation Administration of China’s decision on Monday to order the country’s airlines to suspend all commercial operations of their Boeing 737 Max 8 jets.

Earlier today the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is ordering the temporary grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by US airlines or in U.S. territory. The agency made this decision as a result of the data gathering process and new evidence collected at the site and analyzed today.  This evidence, together with newly refined satellite data available to FAA this morning, led to this decision.

The American Aviation Authority said the grounding will remain in effect pending further investigation, including examination of information from the aircraft’s flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders. An FAA team is in Ethiopia assisting the BTSB as parties to the investigation of the Flight 302 accident. The agency promised continued investigation.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria’s Minister of State (Aviation), Hadi Sirika, yesterday assured the flying public that the nation does not have any Boeing 737 Max on its register to warrant alarm.

He gave the assurance following the panic generated by the crash involving a make of the plane belonging to the Ethiopian Airlines that killed all 149 passengers and eight crew members in Addis Ababa on Sunday six minutes after take-off.

In a statement by the Deputy Director of Press in the ministry, James Odaudu, the minister commiserated with the families of the Nigerians and others who lost their loved ones to the mishap.

He said: “As we continue to mourn the ET crash in Addis (Ababa) and pray for the victims, we wish to reassure Nigerians that we do not have any Boeing 737 Max on Nigeria’s register. The (Nigerian) Civil Aviation Authority has issued the needed advisory.”

Sirika assured Nigerian flyers of the commitment of the Muhammadu Buhari administration to the creation of an environment that guarantees their safety and security in air transportation.

The full list of countries and airlines that have announced a ban is below:

—Argentina (Aerolíneas Argentinas)
—Brazil (GOL Linhas Aéreas)
—Cayman Islands (Cayman Airways)
—EASA member states
—Iceland (Icelandair)
—Mexico (Aeromexico)
—Mongolia (MIAT Mongolian Airlines)
—Morocco (Royal Air Maroc)
—Norway (Norwegian)
—South Africa (Comair)
—South Korea (Eastar Jet)
—United Kingdom (TUI Airways)

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