Boeing Max aircraft restricted from entering Jamaica's airspace

Jamaica has placed a temporary restriction on the controversial Boeing 737-8 Max and 737-9 Max aircraft from entering its airspace.

It took effect at midnight.

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority says the restriction will remain in force until further notice. This follows Sunday's Ethiopian Airways crash involving a Boeing 737-8 Max plane in which all 157 passengers and crew were killed

The crash came a month after the Lion Air crash in October involving the same model aircraft.

Transport Minister, Robert Montague, outlined what prompted the restriction.

"Until the owners do certain safety checks  - then they will be allowed into the country. So we haven’t banned them ….” He said. 

The  United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, China, India and Australia have also grounded the aircraft.

Meanwhile, Boeing has grounded its entire global fleet of  737 Max aircraft after investigators uncovered new evidence at the scene of  the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash.

The US plane-maker said it would suspend all 371 of  the aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said new evidence as well as newly refined satellite data prompted the decision to temporarily ban the jets.

The FAA has a team investigating the disaster at the Ethiopian Airlines crash site working with the National Transportation Safety Board.

Acting administrator at the FAA, Dan Elwell, yesterday said it became clear to all parties that the track of  the Ethiopian Airlines flight was very close and behaved very similarly to the Lion Air flight.                                                                                                                       

According to the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority  a small percent of  flights in Jamaica's airspace involve 737 Max aircraft.

“Well the actual total movement of these type of aircraft are pretty small - a small percentage of our total movement. For instance in the month of February we had a total of around 117 arrival and departures of these aircraft - given the total aggregate of arrival and departures - this is around two percent. In terms of our overflight, it is less than two per cent of our total overflight of these types of aircraft,” said Director General of  Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, Nari Williams Singh.


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