EASA suspends Boeing 737 MAX operations following Ethiopian crash

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced Tuesday that it is suspending operations of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in EU airspace.

The move comes after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. It was the second fatal accident involving the 737 MAX 8 model in less than five months.

The move follows similar steps by regulators in several European and Asian countries and airlines in Brazil and Mexico.

Earlier on Tuesday, the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced that it was banning the Boeing 737 MAX from operating in or over UK airspace.

In a statement on the aircraft, the British aviation regulator said: “The UK Civil Aviation Authority has been closely monitoring the situation, however, as we do not currently have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace.”

737 MAX grounded worldwide

The full list of regulatory bodies to have suspended Boeing 737 MAX operations is detailed below:

  1. Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)
  2. Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)
  3. European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
  4. French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC)
  5. German Federal Aviation Office (LBA)
  6. Irish Aviation Authority (IAA)
  7. Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC)
  8. Indonesian Ministry of Transportation
  9. Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM)
  10. Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia (MCAA)
  11. Namibia Civil Aviation Authority (DCA)
  12. Netherlands Aviation Authority
  13. Public Authority for Civil Aviation of Oman (PACA)
  14. Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)
  15. United Kingdom: the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)

In addition, numerous airlines including Royal Air Maroc, Brazil’s Gol Aeroméxico, LOT Polish Airlines, and Cayman Airways have suspended 737 MAX 8 operations.

In the United States, the 737 MAX continues to operate as normal, with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) saying that it will assist the Ethiopian authorities investigating the crash. 737 MAX manufacturer Boeing added that it “has no basis to issue new guidance to operators.”