The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has announced that it “suspends all flight operations” of all Boeing model 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX aircraft in Europe, as a “precautionary” measure until the circumstances of the disaster of an Ethiopian Airlines device are clarified.
The measure will apply from this afternoon and will also affect flights operated by companies from third countries whose routes have exit or destination at an airport in the European Union.
The plane crash last Sunday near Addis Ababa, which left 157 dead, set off alarm bells being the second incident in a short time suffering the suspended model.
Since then, several EU countries have announced measures, including France, Italy, Austria and the Netherlands, but the decision of EASA harmonizes the European response. In Spain there are no national airlines operating flights with this model of Boeing, although Air Europa has an order pending for 20 devices.