Hong Kong has announced that all Boeing B737 MAX aircraft will be banned from the territory’s airspace following a deadly crash involving the plane in Ethiopia.

The Civil Aviation Department said the plane will be temporarily prohibited from entering Hong Kong airspace from 6pm on Wednesday until further notice.

“The temporary prohibition is solely a precautionary measure to ensure aviation safety and protect the public,” a spokesperson said.

Boeing B737 MAX
Boeing B737 MAX. File photo: Wikicommons.

The move comes after two crashes involving the Boeing model in less than five months. All 149 passengers and eight crew members were killed when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed after taking off from Addis Ababa on Sunday.

Last October, Lion Air Flight 610 crashed, killing all 189 passengers and crew after taking off from Jakarta.

Previously, India’s SpiceJet and Globus Airlines of Russia had been using the B7B7 MAX aircraft on services in and out of Hong Kong. The government said that both airlines will cooperate with the ban.

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National bans on the 737 MAX 

  • New Zealand
  • The United Arab Emirates
  • Kuwait
  • Australia
  • China
  • All European Union countries
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Namibia
  • Oman
  • Singapore

Airlines grounding 737 MAX jets 

  • flydubai
  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • Aeromexico
  • Cayman Airways
  • Comair
  • Eastar Jet
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Gol Airlines
  • Icelandair
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • MIAT Mongolian Airlines
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle
  • Smartwings
  • Turkish Airlines

– via AFP.

The Federation Aviation Administration in the US has maintained that the plane is airworthy, as the two crash investigations continue. Meanwhile, shares in Boeing continued to fall on Wednesday, with US$25 billion wiped off its market value.

Tom is the editor-in-chief and founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications and New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Al-Jazeera and others.