After Ethiopian airline crash, Malta closes airspace for Boeing 737 Max

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The Boeing 737 Max has been facing the heat after 157 passengers onboard the Ethiopian airline flight died in an accident. Several countries across the world have grounded the plane after the reports of the crash.

Malta, on Tuesday, followed suit and closed airspace for the Boeing 737 Max after a recommendation by European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Malta’s Civil Aviation Directorate shared the information regarding the ban.

“At this early stage of the related investigation, it cannot be excluded that similar causes may have contributed to both events…Based on all available information, EASA considers that further actions may be necessary to ensure the continued airworthiness of the two affected models,” the EASA had said in a statement.

The EASA stated that they were recommending the suspension of flight operations for both the affected models – Boeing 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX – until more information was received. The EASA has also offered assistance to the Ethiopian authorities for investigation.

“All data will be closely examined during this investigation, and the FAA will take appropriate action if data indicates the need to do so,” US’s Federal Aviation Administration stated. “External reports are drawing similarities between this accident and the Lion Air Flight 610 accident on October 29, 2018. However, this investigation has just begun and to date we have not been provided data to draw any conclusions or take any actions,” it added.

The Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday in Nairobi killing all the passengers that were onboard. A Lion Jet Air flight had also crashed in October in Indonesia killing 189 people.