Taiwan bans Boeing 737 Max

Aircraft is banned from taking off, landing or even flying over Taiwan: CAA

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max flying over Arizona Wednesday.

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max flying over Arizona Wednesday. (By Associated Press)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) on Thursday joined the global movement to ground all Boeing 737 Max passenger jets following Sunday’s crash in Ethiopia which killed all 157 aboard.

The new measure covers both the Max 8 and Max 9 types, and bars them from entering, leaving or even flying over Taiwan, the Central News Agency reported.

The measures by several countries to ground the planes also take into consideration the fact that another Max 8, owned by Indonesia’s Lion Air, crashed into the sea last October, with all 189 passengers and crew members losing their life.

Taiwan was the latest of more than 40 countries, including the United States, to have issued orders against the use of the new plane model. There are 370 Max planes already in service, with 4,600 more ordered.

According to a report by The Associated Press, sensors on the Lion Air plane produced faulty information triggering an automatic nose-down command that pilots were unable to override.