The Nigerian government has issued a directive, warning that no airline operator should fly Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 models into the country’s airspace, following the worldwide suspension of the airplane models after the fatal crash of Ethiopian Airline Flight 302 in which all 157 persons on board died last Sunday.
Two Nigerians, Professor Pius Adesanmi and Ambassador Abiodun Bashua were on board the ill-fated aircraft.
“The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, whose mandate it is to issue advisory, has already issued advisory that nobody should fly into Nigeria or out of Nigeria using Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9, pending the determination of the actual cause of the crash in Ethiopia and also pending the outcome of the response of the manufacturer, which is Messers Boeing,” Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed at the end of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.
The minister said: “Regardless of the enormous safety records of this plane 737, it has caused concern in the world of aviation and you know aviation is universal; whatever affects one affects the other because aircraft will be flying in and out. So, we have issued directive that no operator with Boeing 737 Max 8 or Max 9 should operate into and outside our airports and this is being carried out.”
Similarly, US President, Donald Trump has announced that his administration would immediately ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft, until more information is gathered about the crash of the Ethiopian aircraft. That came after an initial hesitation to effect the suspension.