Boeing 737 MAX banned from Irish airspace following second fatal incident
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Boeing 737 MAX banned from Irish airspace following second fatal incident

THE IRISH Aviation Authority (IAA) has suspended all variants of the Boeing 737 Max Aircraft from Irish airspace.

The decision comes just days after an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed just six months after taking off from Addis Abada, killing all 157 people on board.

An Irish father-of-two was among the 157 people who perished aboard the Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

It’s the second time this type of aircraft has been involved in an incident of this kind.

As a result, this particular Boeing model has been banned from us in the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, China and Australia until authorities are confident it is airworthy.

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The IAA has now followed suit, issuing a statement confirming the ban, which has already come into effect.

"The IAA has taken this decision pursuant to its powers under the Irish Aviation Authority Act 1993,” a statement read.

"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."

Norwegian Air were forced to cancel two US bound flights from Dublin Airport in the wake of the announcement.

Flight D81823 to Providence, Rhode Island and Flight D81763 to New York Stewart were both cancelled with further disruptions expected.

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