Monday, March 11, 2019

RAM suspends flights on B 737-800 MAX

Following the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines Addis-Nairobi flight Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has made the decision to suspend its commercial flights with the Boeing 737-800 MAX on routes such as Paris, London and Barcelona

RAM has taken delivery of two 737 MAX aircraft and the delivery of another two aircraft was planned in the coming months. This has been suspended pending the results of the investigation, RAM say "Boeing remains an important partner. But that the safety of the passengers is the main objective of the company ".

"A maintenance operation is in progress," says CEO of RAM, Abdelhamid Addou.

On Sunday morning, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 from the Ethiopian airline, with 149 passengers and 8 crew members, crashed shortly after take-off. The plane from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, was traveling to Nairobi, Kenya. Two Moroccans are among the 157 passengers who did not survive the crash . Like RAM, Ethiopian Airlines, Indonesia and China have decided to immobilise their entire fleets of Boeing 737 MAX until further notice.

The crash, that took place just outside Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, comes just months after another deadly accident involving the same model in Indonesia when a Lion Air flight crashed after take-off from Jakarta in October, killing all 189 people on board.

Questions are being asked about the aircraft's two factors, the new anti-stall system as well as the measurement of speed indicators.


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