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Lebanon closes airspace to Boeing 737 MAX: civil aviation

AFP  |  Beirut 

Lebanon's civil authority said on Wednesday it has banned 737 MAX passenger jets from the country's airspace after a deadly plane crash in at the weekend.

The authority also barred the from taking off and landing in Lebanon, according to a statement carried by the official Agency.

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

This followed the October crash of a jet of the same model in Indonesia, claiming 189 lives.

Despite Boeing's assurances that the 737 MAX is safe and reliable, countries including Britain, and have grounded the model or banned it from their airspace as they await the results of an investigation into the latest crash.

The widening action against the has put pressure on -- the world's biggest -- to prove it is safe, and the company has said it is rolling out by April that could address issues with a faulty

There are about 350 MAX 8s currently in service around the world.

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

First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 16:40 IST
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