Japan bans Boeing 737 MAX planes from its airspace

The decision comes following the crash of an Ethiopia Airlines’ flight on March 11, 2019. (AFP)

Japan’s transport ministry on Thursday said it had banned flights by Boeing Co’s 737 MAX 8 and 9 aircraft from its airspace, the latest country to do so following the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that killed 157 people.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday joined Europe, China and other nations in suspending 737 MAX flights, citing satellite data and evidence from the scene of the crash for its decision.

Also, Oman and the United Arab Emirates barred flights by Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on Tuesday following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner, closing down two key markets for the airplane on the Arabian Peninsula.

Last Update: Thursday, 14 March 2019 KSA 13:59 - GMT 10:59

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