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Nigeria bans Boeing 737 Max 8 planes from flying over its airspace

15 March 2019

The plane involved in Sunday's crash was less than four months old, with Ethiopian Airlines saying it was delivered on November 15.

Meanwhile, Norwegian Air Shuttles said it will demand compensation from Boeing company, the aircraft maker, after grounding its fleet of 737 MAX 8 aircraft numbering 18. The shares have fallen about 13 per cent since Sunday's crash, losing about $US32 billion of market value. The company lost nearly US$27 billion in market value this week through Tuesday after posting the biggest two-day drop in nearly a decade. Shares in the aviation giant fell half a percentage point in trading.

He says there are a lot of nervous and seasoned flyers alike relieved to know that the aircraft are grounded until they get whatever is necessary in place to prevent tragedies from happening again. "Air Canada Component of CUPE always believes that the safety of passengers and crew must come first", said president Wesley Lesosky. The Calgary-based company said it will "attempt to rebook guests for no additional charge", but is sticking to a policy that could see passengers pay the difference in fares or fees for the changed ticket. Sunwing, a charter carrier, has four of the planes.

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Boeing has described the MAX series as its fastest-selling family of planes, with more than 5,000 orders placed to date from about 100 customers.

Jason Scarrotts, a father of two young children, said he was on the phone with Air Canada for 90 minutes before speaking with an agent to rebook their Max 8 flight from Vancouver to Palm Springs, only to be disconnected.

The Indian government has made a decision to bar Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from flying in Indian skies and will not take any deliveries of the narrowbody jet until safety concerns are cleared, an official from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said. He stressed that it's not conclusive but that it was enough to order the safety measures. Two Israelis were killed in the crash, and members of an emergency response team from the country said they are frustrated because they have not been able to access the crash site.

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VietJet is monitoring the situation and will reach a decision on whether to go ahead with its purchase following "official conclusions" from global regulators and the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, it said in a statement Wednesday.

Earlier on Wednesday, Germany's federal agency responsible for investigating air accidents said it would not analyse the black box from the Ethiopian Airlines plane, casting uncertainty over the process of finding out what may have caused the disaster.

Some media reports said the pilot reported flight control problems, not an external issue. The similarities suggested something similar was possible with the latest flight, he said.

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Nigeria bans Boeing 737 Max 8 planes from flying over its airspace