The US Federal Aviation Administration has said that Boeing’s 737 Max 8 model to be airworthy, this is despite of two fatal crashes within six months.
It can be remembered that an Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest airline, en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi crashed six minutes after take-off on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board.
This is not the first time that the same plane model was involved in a crash accident.
Last October 2018, Lion Air 737 Max 8 crash in Indonesia that killed 189 people.
Due to the twin accident involving Boeing 737 Max 8, some in the aviation community have called for the aircraft to be grounded pending a full investigation.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a “continued airworthiness notification” saying the plane was safe to fly.
China, Indonesia, and Ethiopia on Monday ordered their airlines to ground the jet. Aerolineas of Argentina, Mexico’s Aeromexico and Brazil’s Gol have also suspended flights of the aircraft.
But other airlines kept flying the 737 Max 8 after Boeing said it was safe.
Shares in Boeing fell by 12.9% on Monday in the wake of the crash.
FAA chief Dan Elwell said the notification “informs the international community where we are and (gives) … one answer to the whole community”.