NIGERIA BANS BOEING MAX PLANES
Minister of State for Aviation confirms ban.
Nigeria has joined other nations across the world to ban the Boeing 737 Max planes from flying over its airspace so as to ensure passenger safety.
Hadi Sirika, Minister of State for Aviation, revealed this when he addressed State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting held Wednesday and presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to the minister, the ban was to ensure the aviation industry remains safe and secure.
Sirika said, “Regarding Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9, that has been in the news recently, there is no cause for alarm as there is no operator in Nigeria that is using that type of air plane. The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, whose mandate it is to issue advisory, 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.”
He also added, “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 a 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.”
The ban comes after Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashed on Sunday killing 149 passengers and eight crew members onboard. The plane was on its way to Nairobi from Addis Ababa when it crashed six minutes after takeoff early on Sunday.
Ethiopian Airlines have said that the black box flight recorders from the Boeing 737 MAX 8 that crashed have been flown to Paris for analysis.