EU authorities have taken a radical decision on Tuesday night, banning all Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft in the EU’s airspace. A first flight has been cancelled in Bucharest on Tuesday evening due to this reason.
All commercial flights operated by the airlines using this type of aircraft to third countries or to or from EU are suspended. The move comes after air authorities in several European and Asian countries have closed their airspace for this type of aircraft over the air tragedy in Ethiopia.
Therefore, a first flight operated by this type of Boeing has been also cancelled in Bucharest, more precisely the Bucharest-Dubai flight, which should have taken off at 23:30 on Tuesday. The aircraft landed in the Capital, but left to the destination only with the flight crew onboard.
All passengers who should have flown to Dubai were accommodated in a hotel in Bucharest and are expected to leave today at 14:25 with another aircraft.
A Boeing 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines, 175 people onboard, crashed on Sunday southeastern Addis Abeba shortly after it took off. No one survived the crash. The tragedy occurred four months after a similar accident involving a plane of the same type operated by Lion Air, which crashed in Indonesia. Death toll: 189.