Two Boeing jets heading for Britain have turned around mid-air after the UK barred 737 Max planes from its airspace following the Ethiopia disaster.
British aviation chiefs made the decision today after an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft crashed on Sunday killing all 157 on board – the second disaster involving the Max 8 model in under five months.
As the restrictions were announced this afternoon, two Turkish Airlines aircraft – one bound for Gatwick and the other to Birmingham – turned back while flying over Europe.
Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said the carrier turned its planes back so they would not get stuck in the UK when the ban came into force at 1pm. The airline said it was grounding all 12 Boeing Max planes in its fleet until further notice.
Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Holland, Iceland and India all followed suit after Britain’s decision today, before the EU’s aviation agency announced a complete suspension of 737 Max 8 and Max 9 flights in Europe.
Today Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said the pilot had reported ‘flight control problems’ before the crash.
That could mean the plane’s equipment was not responding to the pilot’s attempts to bring it under control, CNN reported.