European agency bans Boeing 737 MAX 8 from airspace

Agency, 13 March : From the UK to Australia, a raft of countries and airlines across the world have moved to ground Boeing 737 MAX aircraft following a deadly plane crash in Ethiopia on Sunday.

All 157 people on board the Ethiopian Airlines-run Boeing 737 MAX 8 died in the crash, when the US-manufactured plane came down six minutes after taking off from the capital, Addis Ababa.

It was the second fatal incident involving the same model in fewer than six months – a Lion Air plane of the same model crashed in Indonesia in October last year, killing 189 people – prompting intense scrutiny over the aeroplane’s control systems.

Experts are chasing details on Sunday’s crash, but answers could take months. Boeing defended its aircraft and said it has “full confidence in the safety of the Max.”

The uncertainty has spooked investors and caused the aerospace giant’s share price to plummet amid a rollout of precautionary bans and suspensions on flying the model.

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