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Singapore to suspend operations of all Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes

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has decided to suspend operations of all 737 MAX 8 aircraft following the Ethiopian and crashes which involved planes of the same make.

This decision will directly affect the operations of Airlines' regional arm, SilkAir, whose fleet has six of the jets, reports The

The suspension of operations of the aircraft will take effect from 2 pm (local time) today in No 737 MAX 8 jet will be allowed to or from Singapore once the suspension comes into force.

"The Civil Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is working with and the affected to minimise any impact to travelling passengers," a statement issued by CAAS said.

"During the temporary suspension, CAAS will gather more information and review the safety risk associated with the continued operation of the 737 Max aircraft into and out of Singapore," it said.

Other which use 737 MAX 8 jets to Singapore, are Southern Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, and Thai

On Sunday, all 157 people on board lost their lives when 737 MAX 8 jet, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, crashed a few minutes after takeoff from The black box has since been recovered as investigators scurry to establish any links between the latest crash and last year's crash, which involved a Boeing jet of the same make.

As many as 189 people were killed in October last year, when a Lion Air jet - a Boeing 737 MAX 8 - crashed in the Sea, close to Jakarta,

Most of the countries and carriers where the said jets are being used have taken precautions following the tragic crashes. and launched a special inspection of the planes, while China, and have grounded their Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet.

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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 10:16 IST