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FG bans Boeing 737 MAX 8 in Nigeria - ITREALMS

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The Federal Government (FG) of Nigeria has banned the controversial Boeing 737 MAX 8 from the nation’s airspace, reports ITREALMS.

Arising from the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, FG said Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes are not welcomed in its airspace.

This followed the frequency crashes of this model of airplanes with the latest belonging to the Ethiopian Airlines which left 157 killed on board last Sunday in Addis Ababa, some six minutes after take off.

Revealing this, the Minister of State for Aviation, Mr. Sirika told correspondents that “Regarding Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 that have been in the news recently, there is no cause for alarm as there is no operator in Nigeria that is using that type of airplane.”

He also said that the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), whose mandate is to issue advisory, and has already issued advisory that nobody should fly into Nigeria or out of Nigeria using Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9, pending the determination of the actual cause of the crash in Ethiopia and also pending the outcome of the response of the manufacturer, which is Messers Boeing.

“Regardless of the enormous safety records of this plane 737, it has caused concern in the world of aviation and you know aviation is universal, whatever affects one affects the other because aircraft will be flying in and out. So, we have issued directive that no operator with Boeing 737 Max 8 or Max 9 should operate into and outside our airports and this is being carried out.”

This ban is coming behind a similar ban by the United Kingdom (UK) Civil Aviation Authority from its airspace.

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor

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