Australia suspends operation of Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets after second deadly crash

Australia’s aviation safety authority CASA has suspended the Boeing 737 MAX 8 from flying in or out of Australia after a second deadly crash involving the aircraft in the past five months.

Fiji Airways was the only airline flying the MAX 8 into Australia after Singapore’s Silk Air grounded its fleet early on Tuesday.

Several countries including the UK, China, France, Turkey, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Malaysia and Singapore have also banned the aircraft from their airspace.

On Sunday an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people aboard.

The same model of aircraft flown by Lion Air crashed in October, killing the 189 passengers and crew.

“This is a temporary suspension while we wait for more information to review the safety risks of continued operations of the Boeing 737 MAX,” said CASA’ chief executive and director of aviation safety, Shane Carmody.

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