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UK too grounds Boeing 737 MAX aircraft (Third Lead)

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The UK on Tuesday joined Singapore, and a number of other countries in banning 737 Max planes from operating in or over its airspace, following the crash of an Ethiopian plane of the same model that killed all 157 people on board.

The US plane manufacturer's latest model suffered a second fatal crash in less than five months on Sunday.

Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and have also banned the aircraft.

UK's Civil Authority said the directive would remain in place until further notice, the reported.

"As currently we do not have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying the UK airspace," said a of the authority.

There are currently five 737 Max aircraft registered and operational in the UK. A sixth is planned to start operations later this week, according to

Earlier on Tuesday, and suspended operations of all 737 Max aircraft in and out of their airports, after and grounded their fleets of the 737 Max 8.

The suspension affected SilkAir, an arm of Airlines, that according to the country's Civil Authority operates six MAX aircraft. Singapore does not have any 737 MAX 8 planes.

The move affected Southern Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Shandong and Thai as these airlines fly into Singapore and have the 737 MAX in their fleets.

Australia's move affected only Ltd's and Fiji Airways, as no Australian carriers use the model.

In an identical move, said it would not licence Max aircraft in the country, while suspended operations of the aircraft.

Aerolíneas Argentinas too grounded its five MAX 8 planes. The other airlines and countries that earlier suspended use of the 737 MAX 8 were Ethiopian Airlines, Aeromexico, and South Africa's Comair.

The US Federal Administration (FAA) said Boeing 737 Max 8 was airworthy but it had demanded design changes to the aircraft by April.

Boeing said it would deploy a across the fleet "in the coming weeks". The company said for several months it "been developing a for the 737 Max, designed to make an already safe aircraft even safer".

It did not refer to Sunday's crash in connection to the software upgrade, but did express condolences to the relatives of those killed in the disaster.

The carriers that didn't ground Boeing 737 Max 8 were Fiji Airways, American Airlines, Norwegian, and

On Sunday, flight ET 302, on its way to the Kenyan capital from Addis Ababa, crashed six minutes after takeoff. It ploughed into a field near Tulu Fara village outside the town of Bishoftu, some 60 km southeast of the Ethiopian capital. The cause of the crash was under probe.

The same model was involved in an accident last October when a plane plunged into the sea, off the coast of 13 minutes after takeoff, killing all 189 on board.

737 Max fleet of aircraft are the latest in the company's successful 737 line. The group includes the Max 7, 8, 9 and 10 models, according to the

By the end of January, Boeing delivered 350 of the Max 8 model out of 5,011 orders. A small number of Max 9s are also operating. The Max 7 and 10 models, not yet delivered, are due for rollout in the next few years.



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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 20:10 IST