The Nigerian government has banned Boeing’s 737 Max 8 aircraft from operating in its airspace.
Backstory: The decision was announced by the Minister of Aviation (State), Hadi Sirika, at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), which held on Wednesday in Abuja.
Addressing journalists at the end of the meeting, Sirika stated that the decision was necessary following the Sunday’s crash involving the same type of aircraft by Ethiopian Airlines which killed all 157 persons on board including two Nigerians.
The Ethiopian Air crash occurred five months after Indonesia’s Lion Air 737 Max also crashed into the sea killing all on board after taking off. That Lion Air plane was also a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.
Sirika earlier stated that there was no cause for alarm as no operator in Nigeria was using the type of airplane.
He said the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has already issued an advisory statement saying “that nobody should fly out of Nigeria or into Nigeria using the 737 Max pending the determination of the actual cause of the crash in Ethiopia and also pending the outcome of the response of the manufacturer themselves which is Messrs Boeing.”
The minister said: “We have issued directives that no operators with 737 (8) or (9) should operate into or out of our airports.”
The decision by the Nigerian government follows a similar decision taken by several other countries including Canada, countries in the European Union, United Kingdom, China, Singapore, Australia, and most recently the United States of America.