Tuesday, 12 March 2019

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is the latest to impose a ban on Boeing 737 Max 8 & 9's from its airspace

Icelandair 737 Max taking off
Photo Icelandair
            Following on from the UK's Civil Aviation Authority placing a ban Boeing 737 Max 8's and Max 9's from operating in UK airspace, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency has also suspended the Boeing 737 Max from flying into or over its airspace.

                      China, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, Germany and France have all instigated bans on the type from operating in their respective airspace, now "to ensure the safety of passengers" The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has followed.

Following the tragic accident of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 involving a Boeing 737 MAX 8, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said "As a precautionary measure, EASA has published today an Airworthiness Directive, effective as of 19:00 UTC, suspending all flight operations of all Boeing Model 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX aeroplanes in Europe. In addition, EASA has published a Safety Directive, effective as of 19:00 UTC, suspending all commercial flights performed by third-country operators into, within or out of the EU of the above mentioned models.".


The EASA confirmed it was 'continuously analysing the data as it becomes available. The accident investigation is currently ongoing, and it is too early to draw any conclusions as to the cause of the accident.'

Meanwhile the US President critisised Boeing's technologically advanced aircraft, writing on Twitter "Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better.  All of this for great cost yet very little gain. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Albert Einstein to be my pilot. I want great flying professionals that are allowed to easily and quickly take control of a plane!"