Wellington, Mar 13 : New Zealand decided on Wednesday to suspend operation of Boeing 737 MAX planes over the recent aircraft crash in Ethiopia, the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said.
On Sunday, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, crashed minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
All 157 people from more than 30 countries onboard the airplane died. That was the second fatal incident involving this type of plane. The first one occurred in Indonesia on October 29 last year and claimed 189 lives.
"New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority has suspended the operation of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to or from New Zealand. Currently this affects only one operator, Fiji Airways. There are no other airlines that fly this aircraft type to New Zealand," the CAA said in a statement.
Graeme Harris, the director of the CAA, pointed out that the suspension was temporary and would be in effect until causes of the air crash in Ethiopia were clarified. UNI