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Italy bans Boeing 737 Max 8 after Ethiopia crash


Rome, March 13 (IANS/AKI) Italy's civil authority is banning Max 8 aircraft from its airspace indefinitely from Tuesday night as a "precautionary" measure - a move already announced by eight other following the deadly crash outside

"From 9 pm today (March 12), given the lack of certain information on the incident on Sunday that involved a Boing 737 Max 8 jet and the previous incident in October in Indonesia, as a precautionary measure, has ordered the closure of Italian airspace to all commercial flights operating this type of aircraft," it said.

"This model of aircraft can no longer fly to and from national airports until further notice," added.

The only Italian that uses the banned aircraft is Air Italy, which has three Max 8 planes in its fleet, according to

are among 20 companies that have grounded the Max 8 aircraft following Sunday's disaster in which all 157 passengers were killed.

Passengers from over 30 were on the doomed flight, including eight Italians.

Among the dead were 22 staff, many heading for an assembly of the in

The causes of the crash, which occurred six minutes after take-off, are not yet known.

A Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft operated by crashed into the sea in in October 13 minutes after take-off from Jakarta, killing all 189 people aboard the flight. A report on that disaster is pending.

The 737 Max 8 aircraft has only been in commercial use since 2017 and the planes involved in both crashes were just months old.



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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 00:08 IST