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UAE bans operations of Boeing 737 MAX models

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Joining a host of other nations, the has issued a ban on the operation of MAX 8 and 9 jets in its airspace following the deadly Ethiopian crash which killed all 157 people on board.

The issuance of the directive by the General Civil Authority (GCAA) led to flydubai's fleet of 11 8 and two MAX 9 aircraft being grounded, according to the Government of Dubai's

"flydubai is adjusting its schedule to minimise disruption to passengers and will operate flights with its fleet of Next-Generation aircraft. Where there are flight cancellations flydubai will contact passengers directly," the office further tweeted.

The GCAA took the decision, effective from March 13, as a "precautionary measure". Furthermore, the ban is "aimed toward protecting public safety in the air and on the ground," according to The decision applies to all carriers landing or taking off from any of UAE's airports.

Countries including Australia, Singapore, UK, Ireland, France, India, have also disallowed the 8 aircraft from operating in its airspace. A host of carriers like Jet Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Aeromexico, Turkish have also grounded their fleets containing the said aircraft, citing consumer safety.

Meanwhile, the United States Regulator, Federal Administration (FAA) on Tuesday said that there is "no basis" to ground 737 Max 8.

Questions regarding the safety of the widely used Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft rose after the jets of the said make were involved in two air crashes in the last five months.

On Sunday, flight number 302 of the Ethiopian - a Boeing 737 MAX 8 - crashed a few minutes after takeoff from Adis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board.

An aircraft of the same make was also involved in the plane crash in the Sea near Jakarta, last year. Here too, the aircraft crashed a few minutes after taking off, claiming the lives of all 189 people on board.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 13:46 IST