Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) says it is suspending operations of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane in Australia after a deadly crash killed 157 people in Ethiopia at the weekend.
- Boeing announced plans to upgrade the software of its 737 MAX 8 planes earlier today
- The suspension comes following the crash of the same model in Ethiopia over the weekend
- Safety concerns about the model were first raised in October
Fiji Airways was the only airline flying the MAX 8 into Australia after Singapore’s Silk Air grounded its fleet early today.
In a statement released earlier today, Fiji Airways said it had “full confidence in the airworthiness” of its two aircraft.
On Sunday an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board.
Safety concerns about the model were first raised in October after a Lion Air flight in Indonesia crashed, killing all 189 people aboard.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s director of aviation safety, Shane Carmody, said in a statement that the temporary suspension of Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes in Australia was in the best interests of safety.
“This is a temporary suspension while we wait for more information to review the safety risks of continued operations of the Boeing 737 MAX to and from Australia,” he said.
“CASA regrets any inconvenience to passengers but believes it is important to always put safety first.”
Boeing announced plans to upgrade software in its 737 MAX 8 planes “in the coming weeks” earlier today.
More to follow.