In a joint effort, Britain, Australia, China, and several other countries have temporarily grounded and suspended any use of the Boeing 737 Max 8airliner departing from or arriving on their soils. The decision was made as a result of the second reported crash of the plane—this time around involving Ethiopian Airlines.
In a statement issued to the press on Tuesday, by the UK Civil Aviation Authority, the grounding of the crafts is being taken as a precautionary measure at this time. They further stated that they “issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing, or flying over UK airspace.”
Although the US FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) issued a statement on Monday referencing the Boeing 737 Max 8, saying that as of this current time they will continue to both trust and use the Boeing constructed aircraft.
However, the US aviation authority said it will continue to investigate the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which resulted in the death of all 157 people on board Sunday.
The FAA went on to state: “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.
The FAA released a statement on their Twitter account on Monday, informing that both they and the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) were on-site investigating the crash of Ethiopian Airlines 302. They said they were in the process of collecting data and is reported to be working closely with multiple civil aviation authorities. They also assured their twitter subscribers that any new details would be shared once they received the information themselves.
Just hours before the UK announced their enacted ban on the Boeing 737 Max 8, Malaysia made their announcement of having also banned the aircraft from flying to, from or transiting within Malaysia as well, until further notice.
Australia announced a ban on the aircraft, stating it was only temporary until more is known on the Ethiopian crash. Although Australian Airlines does not currently operate any of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, two other countries that use their airports do—that of Fiji Airlines and SilkAir, based in Singapore. Both of the airlines have already suspended their use of the 737's, as instructed by Australian aviation.
China is the country with the broadest use of the aircraft, and they have suspended its use as well. Their announcement on the suspension of the airplane stated as "the management principle of zero tolerance for security risks." Chinese officials also pointed out the recent crash was one of two, the other being in Indonesia on October 29th, 2018, which took the lives of all on board.
So, what’s the verdict-you decide.
Did the various countries that suspended flights of the 737 Max 8 make the right move?