Ethiopia Lifts Flight Ban on Boeing 737 Max after Three Years

ADDIS ABABA – The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority has lifted its ban of Boeing 737 Max from Ethiopian Airspace after three years.

The flight of Boing 737 Max Airplane has been banned from anywhere across Ethiopian Airspace since March 15, 2019.

The plane was banned following a deadly crash on March 10, 2019 involving an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max that saw the loss of all 189 people on board.

In a statement today, the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority said it has revoked the flight ban on the plane type.

The Authority said the lifting of the ban follows “careful inspections” of changes made to the aircraft’s systems.

The U.S. “Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been conducting rigorous investigation bidding to find out the underlying reasons that caused the crash and have come up with inviolable regulation that should be enforced,” it said.

In addition, the Civil Aviation Authority said it has conducted “rigorous and careful inspections on the alterations made in design of the airplane as well as the regulations put in practice.”

“Against the backdrop, ECAA announced today, the ban that was imposed on flight of Boeing 737 Max across Ethiopian Airspace has been lifted as of today- April 11, 2022,” the Authority said.

The announcement comes a week after the Ethiopian Airlines made the first demonstration flight of the Boeing 737 MAX plane with passengers including officials both the airlines and the plane makers on-board, before the redeployment of the plane to commercial flights.

The national flag carrier said in a statement on Jan. 22 that the decision to resume flights came “after intense recertification” by multiple regulatory bodies.

Ethiopian Airlines has four of the aircraft in its fleet and 25 on order.

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