The Boeing 737 MAX suspension comes after two fatal plane crashes

The Irish Aviation Authority has placed a temporary suspension on Boeing 737 MAX planes flying in Irish airspace after the model was involved in two fatal crashes.

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In a press release, the IAA said the decision would go into effect at 3 pm local time on March 12.

“The IAA’s decision has been made taking account of the unprecedented loss of two Boeing 737 MAX in recent months.”

“The IAA has been closely monitoring the situation, however, as we do not currently have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any flights on Boeing 737 MAX from any operator arriving, departing or overflying Irish airspace.”

“During the temporary suspension, the IAA will continue to work closely with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and the manufacturer Boeing.”

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RTE reports that Ireland joins the UK, Germany, France China, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, and Oman in suspending the Boeing model from their airspace.

The decision to temporarily suspend the Boeing model comes after an Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday which killed all 157 people on board. In October, a Lion Air flight using the same Boeing model crashed in India killing all 189 people on board.

An Irishman was among those killed in Sunday’s disaster in Ethiopia.

In a brief statement posted online, Boeing responded: “Safety is Boeing’s number one priority and we have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX.”

“We understand that regulatory agencies and customers have made decisions that they believe are most appropriate for their home markets. We’ll continue to engage with them to ensure they have the information needed to have confidence in operating their fleets.”

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“The United States Federal Aviation Administration is not mandating any further action at this time, and based on the information currently available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators.”