Wednesday 24 April 2019

IAA suspend Boeing 737 Max flights

Following two fatal crashes in recent months, the Irish Aviation Authority has temporarily suspended the use of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in our out of Dublin Airport, and airports around the country.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has decided to temporarily suspend the operation of all variants of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft into and out of Irish airspace, in the light of the two fatal accidents involving the aircraft in recent months.

This decision has been taken based on ensuring the continued safety of passengers and flight crew, which is the IAA's number one priority, according to the authority.

In a statement, the IAA said: ' The IAA has taken this decision pursuant to its powers under the Irish Aviation Authority Act 1993 (IAA Act 1993).

'The IAA's decision has been made taking account of the unprecedented loss of two Boeing 737 MAX in recent months.

'The IAA has been closely monitoring the situation, however, as we do not currently have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any flights on Boeing 737 MAX from any operator arriving, departing or overflying Irish airspace.'

The IAA statement concludes: 'During the temporary suspension, the IAA will continue to work closely with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and the manufacturer Boeing.'

Fingal Independent