SINGAPORE — Singapore is grounding all Boeing 737 Max planes, after two recent fatal accidents involving the aircraft.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said in a statement on Tuesday (March 12) that it is temporarily suspending operation of all variants of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft into and out of Singapore, from 2pm the same day.
During this suspension, it 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”, it added.
The move comes after a Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed in Ethiopia on Sunday, killing all 157 in board. Just five months ago in October, a 737 Max 8 operated by Lion Air crashed into the Java Sea, killing 189.
China, Ethiopia and Indonesia have grounded their Boeing 737 Max 8 fleets, while some airlines in other countries are voluntarily pulling their fleets from service.
SilkAir, which operates six Boeing 737 Max aircraft, will be affected by the temporary suspension in Singapore, the CAAS said.