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FG Bans Boeing 737 Max-8 Aircraft From Nigerian Airspace

FG grounds Boeing 737 Max-8 Aircraft from Nigerian airspace

Funsho Akinwale

The Federal Government has joined the world coalition against operating Boeing 737 Max-8 aircraft by all airlines in Nigeria.

The government, through the Minister of State Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Wednesday, banned the aircraft after the ill-fated plane belonging to Ethiopian Airlines crashed a few minutes after take off enroute Nairobi, Kenya.

The ill-fated flight had two Nigerians, Ambassador Abiodun Bashiru and Prof. Pius Adesanmi, on board as well as other 155 nationals who lost their lives.

The resolution was adopted on Wednesday after a Federal Executive Council meeting was held in Abuja.

The Federal Government noted that such plane would not be allowed to operate in Nigeria until the cause of the unfortunate incident is confirmed.

Several airlines around the world have grounded the Boeing 737 over the incessant crash of the plane.

Recall that a similar incident occurred in October last year after Lion Air belonging to Indonesia crashed into the Java sea, off the coast of Indonesia, killing over 189 passengers on board.

Though the United States and Canada are yet to ban the aircraft, as investigation is still ongoing to ascertain the cause of the crash on Sunday.

Meanwhile, palpable fear has gripped many Nigerians as Air Peace Airline, Arik Air and Green Air Africa had earlier ordered for the brand but none is yet to take the delivery of the aircraft.

Responding to calls, messages from passengers and stakeholders, the Air Peace Airline Cooperate Communications Manager, Chris Iwarah, said passengers should not panic. He added that they are yet to take delivery of the aircraft.

He further noted that necessary arrangement to resolve their order is in place or better still request for another model as Federal Government has just placed a ban on the controversial jet.

“Though, it is premature to comment on the incidents, we wish to assure members of the flying public that we are closely following and monitoring developments on the issue as an airline that prioritizes safety and well-being of our customers.

“We urge members to continue flying Air Peace as their preferred airline and trust us to always act in their best interest,” Iwarah stated.