- A Monitor Desk Report 14 Mar, 2019 | 1012 Views|-+
Dhaka: The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has decided to ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft used by international and local airlines, starting March 13, following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 on March 10 which killed 157 people.
CAAB took the decision on March 13 sending letters to local and international airlines to not use Bangladeshi airports to land and take off using the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. CAAB has taken the preventive measure following two fatal crashes involving the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes in the span of five months.
Six months ago, a Boeing 737 Max 8, operated by Lion Air, crashed off Indonesia, killing all 189 onboard.
Capt. Salahuddin M Rahmatullah, Chief Flying Operation Inspector, CAAB, said, “We’ve sent letters to local and international airlines asking them not to use Boeing 737 Max 8 for landing in and take-off from any Bangladeshi airport from Wednesday (March 13).”
However, Bangladesh has no such kind of aircraft till now. But on February 19, US-Bangla Airline, a private airline of Bangladesh, had announced its plan to bring a Boeing 737 Max 8 for the first time in the country at a press briefing.
Several foreign airlines operate their 737 Max 8 aircraft over Bangladeshi airspace and use the country’s airports. CAAB sources have made it clear that even those airlines won’t be allowed to use the country’s airspace.
Countries including India, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Ethiopia and Australia also decided to ground the Boieng 737 Max 8. The EU has suspended the Boeing 737 Max 8 across Europe from March 12.
At least 40 countries, including all EU member states and multiple airlines across the world have grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 following the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10.
Besides, Cayman Airways, Comair Airways, Eastar Jet, Jet Airways, Mongolian Airlines, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lion Air and Silk Air have suspended the Boeing 737 Max 8.
However, the US and Canada are still flying a substantial number of these aircraft.
Airlines of Argentina, Mexico’s Aeromexico and Brazil’s Gol have also suspended flights of the Boeing aircraft, according to media reports.