Singapore Grounds all Boeing 737-800 MAX planes following the Ethiopian Airlines Tragedy; Others Follow

Updated On 12 Mar, 2019 Published On

Singapore's Aviation authorities have temporarily grounded all the Boeing 737-800 MAX airplanes as per their report on March 12, 2019, Tuesday following the fatal crash of the Ethiopian Airlines.

CAAS (Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore) has temporarily ordered the suspension of all flights for the Boeing 737-800 MAX vessels.

The suspension was enacted from 2 pm onwards said the regulator.

Officials from CAAS said

During the temporary suspension, CAAS will gather more information and review the safety risk associated with the continued operation of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft into and out of Singapore

CAAS is closely monitoring the situation and is in close communication with the US Federal Aviation Administration and other aviation regulators, as well as Boeing.

Singapore's major aviation company SilkAir will be greatly affected by this decision as they have 6 Boeing 737s in possession.

The company stated that this grounding of planes will have an adverse effect on their business as well as their flight schedules.

The suspension was put forward after the tragedy of the Ethiopian Airlines on Sunday 10th March, in which 149 passengers and 8 crew members lost their lives while travelling via a Boeing 737-800 MAX.


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Prior to this incident an Indonesian Lion Air 737 Max crashed in October 2018, which killed 189 people.

Following airlines and governments have also suspended the flight of their Being 737s:

  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Indonesia
  • China
  • Aeromexico
  • Cayman Airways
  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • Comair
  • Singapore