Boeing 737 MAX safety record questioned after two tragedies

Rescuers work at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines flight crash near Bishoftu south of Addis

Two Indian airlines Jet Airways and Spicejet have a total of 17 Boeing 737 Max aircraft in their fleets.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority announced a ban on Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft from British airspace on Tuesday.

In this photo dated Nov 12 past year, the actual Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 plane that crashed on Sunday, shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, shown as it lands at Seattle Boeing Field King County International airport in the US.

O'Leary said he was "not particularly" concerned that Sunday's crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane would impact his airline's order of 135 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

The new MAX 8 variant of the 737, the world's best-selling modern passenger aircraft, has bigger engines created to use less fuel.

Safety concerns about the model were first raised in October after a Lion Air flight in Indonesia crashed, killing all 189 people aboard.

Transport Minister Blade Nzimande says his department will work with its Ethiopian counterpart to investigate this weekend's fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash.

A growing list of countries, including Britain, France, Australia, and China, as well as individual airlines across the world have already temporarily grounded their 737 Max 8s.

Mourners attend a memorial service held by an association of Ethiopian airline pilots in Addis
Mourners attend a memorial service held by an association of Ethiopian airline pilots in Addis Ababa

The airline is now offering refunds and allowing passengers to rebook free of charge, according to a Norwegian Air spokesperson.

Dennis Muilenbur, Boeing's CEO said on Sunday they are providing "technical assistance" to the Ethiopian government and regulatory authorities to help with the investigation.

Antonis Mavropoulos and Ahmed Khalid were both scheduled to board the Boeing plane to Nairobi but missed their flight for different reasons.

United Kingdom blocks Boeing 737 MAX: Is your flight affected by the planes being grounded?

The Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed six minutes after taking off from the capital Addis Ababa.

In the Lion Air crash, a malfunctioning sensor convinced the aeroplane's software that the flight was stalling and corrected by pointing the nose down.

Workers clear debris from the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Monday. Malaysia, Australia, and Singapore suspended all flights of 737 Max planes into or out of their countries.

The FAA on Monday issued a noticed saying it considers the 737 Max fleet to remain airworthy.

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