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Brazil suspends flights with Boeing 737-8 Max

An airplane of the same make crashed in Kenya, leaving 157 dead

Published in 14/03/2019 - 18:00

By Alex Rodrigues Brasília

Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac) ruled the suspension of flights with Boeing 737-8 Max aircraft in Brazil. The decision has immediate effect.

A nova aeronave da SilkAir, o Boeing 737 Max 8, fica na pista do aeroporto de Changi em Cingapura,  REUTERS/Edgar Su/diritos reservados
In January 2018, Anac specialists scrutinized the model before Gol brought it into operation - REUTERS/Edgar Su/Direitos reservados

 

The measure was announced by Anac on Wednesday (Mar. 13) three days after a plane of the same make of Ethipian Airlines crashed near the city of Bishoftu, in Kenya. The 157 people aboard died in the accident, and the causes are yet being investigated. Several countries followed suit.

In the note, Anac reported that, before ruling the suspension, it contacted US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Boeing, and Brazilian carrier Gol, the only to employ 737-8 Max in Brazil.

In January 2018, Anac specialists scrutinized the model before Gol brought it into operation. After identifying operation differences compared to previous designs, the agency demanded that company workers should receive training to operate the new aircraft.

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira Edition: Fernando Fraga / Nira Foster

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