SAN FRANCISCO, March 13, (THEWILL) – Nigeria has banned Boeing 737 Max planes from its airspace in the aftermath of the crash of an Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max 8 plane that killed all passengers on board.
Minister of Aviation (State), Hadi Sirika, announced the ban Wednesday in Abuja at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Nigeria joins countries in the EU, Ethiopia, China and Australia that have banned the Boeing model from its airspace until the manufacturer figures out a solution to the problem. THEWILL recalls that Indonesia’s Lion Air-operated Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashed about 5 months ago shortly after taking off, killing everyone onboard.
Boeing, the United States based aircraft manufacturer’s new Max model was certified to fly by the FAA in March 2017.
No Nigerian carrier operates the model, according to Mr. Sirika.