The UK Civil Aviation Authority issued this statement:
A spokesperson for the UK Civil Aviation Authority said: “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.”
There are currently five 737 MAX aircraft registered and operational in the United Kingdom (TUI). A sixth is planned to commence operations later this week.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for certifying all Boeing 737 MAX models and it is the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) that validates this certification across the EU, including the UK.
Boeing 737-8 “MAX” and Boeing 737-9 “MAX” Limitation of Operations due to a Fatal Accident in Ethiopia on March 10, 2019
Description: 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 March 10, 2019. External reports are drawing similarities between this accident and Lion Air flight 610 on October 29, 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.
TUI Airways UK operates its five Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft mainly from Manchester on routes to sun destinations.
TUI Airways UK issued this statement:
“Any customers due to fly home today on a 737 MAX 8 from their holiday will be flown back on another aircraft,” it read.
“Customers due to travel in the coming days will also travel on holiday as planned on other aircraft.”
Top Copyright Photo: TUI Airways (UK) Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 G-TUMF (msn 44599) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 945812.
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