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DUBAI – Flydubai said on Wednesday (March 13) that it has cancelled flights using Boeing 737 planes after the UAE aviation authority said it was banning the aircraft involved in the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash.
There were 157 people killed when the Ethiopian Airline flight crashed on Sunday en route to Kenya. Witnesses said the plane veered from side to side, sending billows of smoke in its wake before it crashed.
“The plane rotated two times in the air and it had some smoke coming from the back, then it hit the ground and exploded,” Tamrat Abera told Associated Press.
Pending the results of an investigation, the General Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE has ordered any 737 Max 8 and 9 aircrafts grounded as a precautionary measure.
The GCAA said the decision has been “issued to ensure the safety of the UAE civil aviation industry and the public of the UAE”, and instructed any airline with the same planes en route to request special approval to fly out of the UAE.
Flydubai said flights to Baghdad, Kabul and Beirut were cancelled on Wednesday. The flight operator is the only one in the UAE to use the 737 Max.
The airline said it will accommodate affected passengers on other flights using its 737-800 aircraft. GAD/Expat Media
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