Argentina closes airspace to Boeing 737 MAX flights, says state news agency

Boeing employees pictured in front of a 737 MAX 8 produced for Southwest Airlines as Boeing celebrates the 10,000th 737 to come off the production line in Renton, Washington March 13, 2018. — Reuters pic
Boeing employees pictured in front of a 737 MAX 8 produced for Southwest Airlines as Boeing celebrates the 10,000th 737 to come off the production line in Renton, Washington March 13, 2018. — Reuters pic

BUENOS AIRES, March 17 — Argentina has temporarily closed its airspace to flights using Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, following similar measures taken by other countries in the region after two fatal crashes involving the plane, the state-run news agency said yesterday.

The decision comes after the crash as week ago of a Boeing 737 MAX operated by Ethiopian Airlines that killed 157 people. Five months earlier, a Lion Air flight using the same model also crashed shortly after take off, killing 189 people.

Telam, the state-run news agency, said the government’s resolution will be published tomorrow. The National Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC) did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

ANAC “has proposed to temporarily ground and even prevent flights in Argentine territory of all types of aircraft Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 737 Max 9 immediately and until the investigation into the most recent accident concludes with justification for lifting the measure,” the government’s resolution said, according to Telam.

On Wednesday, the governments of Mexico, Panama and Colombia suspended the operations of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. — Reuters