The United Arab Emirates has barred the Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 from its airspace following the crash of a similar jetliner in Ethiopia, the second crash of the new model from Boeing.
The Emirates’ General Civil Aviation administration made the announcement after analysing the case for banning the aircraft model, with several other countries opting to do the same.
The recent Ethiopian Airlines crash was preceded almost 6 months ago by a crash of Indonesia’s Lion Air plane.
All passengers onboard were killed on both planes.
FlyDubai, the airliner owned by the Dubai government, uses the aircraft as a workhorse of its fleet, but said in a statement it “...is adjusting its schedule to minimise disruption to passengers.”
Much of the world, including the entire European Union and Australia, has grounded the 737 max 8 Boeing jetliner from their airspace, leaving the United States as one of the few remaining operators of the plane involved in two deadly accidents in just six months.
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