UK bans Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from airspace

The United Kingdom joined a growing list of countries in banning the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from its airspace Tuesday after two fatal crashes involving the plane.


"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," a spokesperson for the agency said in a statement.

"The UK Civil Aviation Authority's safety directive will be in place until further notice."

After a Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed in Ethiopia Sunday, killing all 157 people on board, several countries have grounded the plane.

Regulators in China, Indonesia and Ethiopia halted flights on Monday.

Australia and Singapore followed on Tuesday.

Canada's transportation minister, Marc Garneau, warned that his country would take action once the cause of Sunday's crash is known.

The same Boeing 737 Max 8 model crashed in Indonesia in October, killing 189 people.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the planes are safe to fly, but an investigation is underway.

"Today, the FAA will issue a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC) for Boeing 737 MAX operators," the FAA said in a statement.

"The FAA continuously assesses and oversees the safety performance of U.S. commercial aircraft. If we identify an issue that affects safety, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action."
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