Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) has banned the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Boeing 737-9 from the country following two flight crash incidents involving the B737-8 MAX, Seychelles News Agency reported.
Recently, the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8, crashed after take-off from Addis Ababa leaving 157 passengers dead.
“Given the similarity of the two accidents, it has been decided that as a precautionary measure all operations by the two types of aircraft in the Seychelles, whether local or foreign operators, should stop until appropriate safeguards are in place,” said Wilfred Fock Tave, SCAA’s Chief Operations Officer.
“This is needed to give assurance and continued confidence in air travel, which remains the safest means of mass transportation.”
The ban follows similar restrictions by other civil aviation authorities, including in Europe and Asia, requesting the suspension of the two aircraft models.
Aljazeera also reported that the crash was the second fatal incident involving the same model in less than six months – a Lion Air plane of the same model crashed in Indonesia in October last year, killing 189 people.
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