The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation have joined the growing number of authorities to have placed temporary bans on Boeing 737 MAX flights. The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority announced its ban on Tuesday afternoon, stating: “Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the tragic incident in Ethiopia on Sunday.
“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 UK Civil Aviation Authority’s safety directive will be in place until further notice.
“We remain in close contact with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and industry regulators globally.”
The 737 MAX variant had already been barred from flying in Australian, Chinese, Ethiopian, French, German and Singaporean airspace and Iceland, Kuwait and the UAE joined the list the same evening.
Low-cost airline Norwegian had also decided to ground its MAX fleet before EASA announced its decision to halt MAX flights within European airspace.
UK CAA – SD-2019-001
SD-2019-001: Boeing 737-8 “MAX” and Boeing 737-9 “MAX” Limitation of Operations due to a Fatal Accident in Ethiopia on 10 March 2019
This SD is made in the interests of safety of operation and to protect the public following the accident of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing Model 737-8 “MAX” aircraft on 10 March 2019. External reports are drawing similarities between this accident and Lion Air flight 610 on 29 October 2018 involving the same type of aircraft. Given the similarity of the two accidents, it has been decided that as a precautionary measure that all Boeing 737-8 “MAX” and Boeing 737-9 “MAX” operations in the United Kingdom, whether by UK AOC holders or foreign AOC holders and carriers, should stop until appropriate safeguards are in place.