Singapore bans operation of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft after Ethiopian Airlines crash

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore announced the ban Tuesday, March 12

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Following the deadly Ethiopia Airlines crash on March 10, which resulted in the deaths of 157 people, Singapore’s government has ordered the suspension of all 737 MAX aircraft at the country’s airports.

Singapore’s Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) on Tuesday, March 12 banned the operation of the Boeing 737 MAX variant aircraft in the city-state, with the suspension order to take effect beginning at 2:00 p.m.

The statement from the CAAS noted two fatal accidents involving the aircraft in less than five months, as reason for the suspension order, reports Straits Times.

Flight record data from the Ethiopian Airlines crash reveals that the plane’s vertical acceleration speed was fluctuating erratically in the seconds before the plane crashed, suggesting a possible mechanical malfunction.

In October last year, a Lion Air 737 aircraft crashed into Indonesian waters resulting in the deaths of 189 people.

Some afternoon flights headed for Singapore are likely to be affected, as three Chinese airlines, and one Thai airline operate flights to and from Singapore using the aircraft.

Singapore Airlines, and its affiliate airline, SilkAir, have reportedly removed their fleet of six 737 MAX 8 aircraft from service, out of concern for the safety of their crew and passengers.

CNA reported on Monday, March 11 that no Taiwanese airlines currently operate any of the Boeing 737 MAX variant aircraft.