Wed, 13 March 2019

Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft Banned from Singapore Airspace

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has temporarily suspend all variants of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft family from flying into and out of Singapore.

SilkAir Boeing 737 MAX 8 MSN 44242 reg: 9V-MBE Picture taken by Steven Howard of from a runway room at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel in Singapore. Click to enlarge.

The decision follows the two fatal accidents involving Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in less than five months.

SilkAir operates 6 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The other airlines affected by the decision include China Southern Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Shandong Airlines and Thai Lion Air.

The suspension will be reviewed as relevant safety information becomes available.

Australia, China, India, Indonesia and Europe have taken similar precautions.

On Tuesday, Boeing issued the following statement, "Safety is Boeingís number one priority and we have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX. We understand that regulatory agencies and customers have made decisions that they believe are most appropriate for their home markets. Weíll continue to engage with them to ensure they have the information needed to have confidence in operating their fleets. The United States Federal Aviation Administration is not mandating any further action at this time, and based on the information currently available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators."

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