Aviation authority bans Boeing 737 MAX flights in Russian airspace

Posted March 15, 2019

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said new evidence as well as newly refined satellite data resulted in the decision to temporarily ban the jets.

A Sunwing spokesperson says the aircraft are not commercial flights and that they are positioning them in Windsor for the time being.

On Sunday, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a Boeing 737-8 plane, crashed six minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board.

Experts compared the information to last October's Lion Air crash, which also involved a Max 8, and found evidence "suggesting a possible, though unproven, similarity in the flight profile".

The president said any Boeing now in the air will go to its destination and then be grounded.

Southwest and American Airlines are the US carriers using the most 737 Max jets, but the beleaguered aircraft are less than 5 percent of the fleet for each company.

Airport officials say that 737 Boeing planes fly out of Burlington but not class 8 and 9's.

Hong Kong on Wednesday barred Boeing 737 MAX airliners from its airspace, the latest in a series of government bans worldwide in the wake of a deadly plane crash in Ethiopia.

Of the more than 370 Boeing 737 Max jets in global fleets, 74 are flown by United States airlines, according to the FAA.

American Airlines and Southwest Airlines both fly the new 737 MAX 8 jets and Southwest said some of them fly in and out of San Diego.

President Trump has ordered US airlines to ground all Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 passenger jets, in the wake of a devastating plane crash in Ethiopia Sunday that left 157 people dead.

"Currently, we are working with our airline partners to store aircraft here at YYC", said Fiest. The airline has identifying them should take five days.

"Rosaviatsia has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) stating that the flights of this type of aircraft [Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 - TASS] in Russian airspace are banned until further notice", he said.

Air Canada, along with Southwest and American Airlines, are the major outliers in resisting a grounding of the fleet.

Garneau previously said he had full confidence in the safety of the model and would not hesitate to board one.

"Airlines are definitely going to work as quickly and as fast as they can to get different aircraft to handle the existing schedules", Carney said.