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Ethiopian airplane (4). UK CAA statement

The Authority has issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator

A spokesperson for the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said in a note: "Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the tragic incident in Ethiopia on Sunday". "The UK Civil Aviation Authority 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 commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace". "The UK Civil Aviation Authority's safety directive will be in place until further notice". "We remain in close contact with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and industry regulators globally".

There are currently five 737 MAX aircraft registered and operational in the United Kingdom. A sixth is planned to commence operations later this week. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for certifying all Boeing 737 MAX  models and it is the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) that validates this certification across the EU, including the UK.

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