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Hong Kong bans Boeing 737 MAX flights

AFP  |  Hong Kong 

Hong Kong on Wednesday barred 737 MAX airliners from its airspace, the latest in a series of government bans worldwide in the wake of a deadly plane crash in

Despite Boeing's assurances in the wake of the disaster, the European Union, Britain and joined and other countries grounding the plane or banning it from their airspace as they await the results of the crash investigation.

The semi-autonomous Chinese city's Civil Department (CAD) said it was imposing a temporary suspension from 6 pm local time (1000 GMT) on Wednesday until further notice on "operation of MAX into, out of and over Hong Kong".

The ban is "solely a precautionary measure to ensure safety and protect the public", a added.

The department added it had been in close contact in the past few days with the US Federal Administration and relevant organisations, including two airlines -- India's and of -- that have recently used the 737 MAX for flights to Hong Kong. had defended the jet on Tuesday, describing it as a "highly sophisticated aircraft".

Hong Kong does not have any 737 MAX in its fleet.

On Sunday, a new 737 MAX 8 went down minutes into a flight to Nairobi, killing all 157 people on board.

The crash came after a jet of the same model went down in in October, claiming 189 lives.

Several airlines have grounded the MAX 8s in their fleets, but many others are continuing to fly the plane pending an investigation into the crash and possible guidance from itself.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 13:35 IST