Canada's transportation minister Marc Garneau just announced that Canada has officially banned all Boeing 737 Max 8 or 9 planes. The move comes after a crash in Ethiopia involving that type of aircraft killed 158 people, including 18 Canadians, this past weekend.
The crash caused extra concern since it was the second of it's kind. Recently, another Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed also killing everyone on board. That deadly crash happened in Indonesia to a Lion Air plane, just five months ago in October 2018. In both cases, the plans went down only minutes after takeoff and the pilots indicated they were having problems.
In a press conference in Ottawa this morning, Garneau announced that all Boeing 737 Max 8 or 9 planes will be banned from Canadian airspace. This means that not only will the Canadian airlines who use these planes be forced to ground them, but other airlines flying this model will not be permitted to fly them into, out of, or above Canada at all.
In his press conference, Garneau called this a precautionary move that is based on all the evidence available. Other countries have already made the same call, in fact, Canada was one of the last to actually ban the planes from flying.
Currently, Canadian airlines that use the aircraft are Air Canada, West Jet, and Sunwing, however, Sunwing grounded all their models this morning. There are 40 other airlines worldwide flying this kind of plane.
These airlines include but are not limited to Norwegian Air, Air China, Icelandair, Lion Air, Ethiopian Air, United Airlines, American Airlines, and more.
Following the first plane crash in October, Boeing issued a safety bulletin about the 737 Max 8 models. In the notice, Boeing warned pilots that the plane's Angle of Attack (AoA) sensors could give off erroneous readings. If this happened it would send the plane into a dive.
This was found to be the case in the Lion Air flight in October, but it is not clear if the same problem caused the Ethiopian Airlines crash this weekend since that incident is still under investigation.
Boeing is one of the world's largest producers of commercial aircraft.