THE CIVIL Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has temporarily suspended the operation of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to or from Australia.
The government body that regulates Australian aviation safety has taken the stand, following the second fatal crash involving the jet within 12-months.
157 people died on the weekend, when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after take-off.
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It came just five months after a Lion Air flight crashed into the sea near Indonesia, killing all on board.
Both of the aircrafts involved in the tragedies were the Boeing 737 MAX.
In a statement released by CASA, the body explained that while no Australian airlines operate the Boeing 737 MAX, two foreign airlines do fly these aircraft types to Australia.
Singapore based SilkAir has already temporarily suspended operation of its 737 MAX aircraft, and Fiji Airways is the only other operator that will be affected by the temporary suspension.
“In light of the two recent fatal accidents, the temporary suspension of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operations was in the best interests of safety,” CASA’s CEO and Director of Aviation Safety, Shane Carmody, said in the statement.
“This is a temporary suspension while we wait for more information to review the safety risks of continued operations of the Boeing 737 MAX to and from Australia.” Mr Carmody added.
“CASA regrets any inconvenience to passengers but believes it is important to always put safety first.”