Germany and the U.K. have closed their airspace to Boeing
737 Max 8 aircraft following the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday.
Germany's transport ministry confirmed to news agency dpa on
Tuesday comments made by transport minister Andreas Scheuer to n-tv television.
The broadcaster quoted Scheuer on its website as saying
safety is the priority, and "until all doubts are cleared up, I have
ordered that German airspace be closed for the Boeing 737 Max with immediate
British regulators also have grounded Boeing 737 Max
aircraft. The UK Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement Tuesday that
though it had been monitoring the situation, it had as a precautionary measure "issued
instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator
arriving, departing or overflying U.K. airspace."
Some five 737 Max aircraft are registered and operational in
the United Kingdom, while a sixth had planned to commence operations later this
Several countries have now grounded the planes.
Norwegian Air Shuttle says it has grounded its Boeing 737
Max 8 aircraft on recommendation from European aviation authorities after
Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash.
The Norwegian carrier has 18 of the planes.
Tomas Hesthammer, the low-cost carrier's acting chief
operating officer, says that "the safety and security of our customers and
colleagues will never be compromised, and once authorities advise to cease
operations we will of course comply."
Experts are chasing details on why the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 plane crashed shortly
after takeoff, killing all 157 on board. Answers could take months.