The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority has banned the Boeing 737 MAX from operating in or over UK airspace “as a precautionary measure”. UK becomes the latest country on Tuesday, after Singapore and Australia, to issue a ban on the Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft.
China, Indonesia and Malaysia grounded the aircraft on Monday.
“We have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace,” the authority said in a statement.The CAA said the directive would remain in place until further notice. Tui Airways and Norwegian both operate the Boeing Max 8 in the UK as part of their fleets.
The decision comes after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing Max 8 crashed on Sunday, killing 157 people on board, the second fatal accident involving that model in less than five months.
“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,” the CAA statement further stated.
A Tui statement confirmed their 737 Max 8 aircraft were grounded following the CAA’s decision. “Any customers due to fly home today on a 737 MAX 8 from their holiday will be flown back on another aircraft. Customers due to travel in the coming days will also travel on holiday as planned on other aircraft,” BBC quoted Tui’s statement.
Norwegian said it had also suspended flights of the aircraft model in accordance with the CAA’s instruction and apologised for the inconvenience to passengers.