The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has decided to suspend all flight operations of Boeing 737 Max across Europe.
The Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crash, which took place on March 10th, has had significant effects on the flights operating with the Boeing 737 Max models. While 157 people (149 passengers and 8 crew members) have passed away some minutes after the plane departed from Ethiopia, several aviation safety authorities have decided to suspend flight operations of Boeing 737-8 Max and 737-9 Max.
The EASA is part of those agencies. The European authority, based in Koln (Germany) has published a Directive on Tuesday March 12th, which has been suspending “all flight operations of all Boeing Model 737-8 and 737-9 Max airplanes in Europe“, as of 19.00 UTC.
“All fights performed by third-country operators into, within or out of the EU of the above mentioned models“ are also covered by the binding text.
“Aviation safety is our number one priority and the EU is taking every step to ensure the safety of passengers“, Violeta Bulc, the European commissioner in charge of transports, wrote on Twitter.
— EASA (@EASA) March 12, 2019