Boeing 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX Planes Banned Over Ukraine
The decision mirrors one taken by the European Aviation Safety Agency on Monday following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, the second crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 in five months
The Ukrainian State Aviation Administration has temporarily prohibited commercial flights of Boeing models 737 Max 8 and Max 9 over Ukraine.
The decision was published on the State Aviation Administration’s website and came into force on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
“The decision excludes non-commercial flights (for example, ferry flights). The specific permissions for the flights from the territory of Ukraine shall be agreed with the State Aviation Administration,” the statement reads.
Ukraine’s move follows a Monday decision by the EU’s European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to suspend the planes’ movement over the European Union. The United States and several other countries also grounded the planes Wednesday.
Last Sunday, Ethiopian Airlines’ flight 302 crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all 149 passengers and eight crew members on board. The exact cause of the crash remains unknown.
Another plane of the same model crashed less than five months ago when a Lion Air flight plummeted into the sea near Indonesia with nearly 190 people on board.
Several countries and airlines decided to suspend the use of Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 after the crash in Ethiopia.
In Ukraine, the UIA and SkyUp Airlines have the right to operate the Boeing 737 Max 8.