March 13, 2019,   10:25 AM

UAE, Oman Ground Boeing 737 Max Jets As Crash Investigation Gets Underway

Mary Sophia

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The UAE and Oman have joined a slew of other countries that have temporarily pulled Boeing 737 Max 8 jet from commercial use following an Ethiopian Airlines crash earlier this week.

So far, the UK, Europe, China, India, Australia, South Korea, Indonesia and Singapore have moved to ban the aircraft in commercial use.

The ill-fated crash, which killed all 157 people on board, was the second incident in the last five months involving a jet of the same model.

However, regulators are saying the step is just a precaution until a detailed investigation could shed light on the accident.

The UAE also said in a statement that it has joined the US aviation authorities and Boeing in collecting data and determining the cause of the accident. Dubai-based carrier flydubai has a fleet of 11 aircraft while Oman Airways has five.

Plane manufacturer Boeing has said that it is confident about the model’s airworthiness. The 737 Max 8 is a relatively new aircraft and has only been in commercial use since 2017. It is also popular with many airlines due to its fuel efficiency and affordable maintenance costs.

But pilots have complained that an anti-stalling feature in the aircraft has caused its nose to dip, leading it to loose altitude and crash. While this was the case for Lion Air, officials say it is too early to gauge if it is the reason for the Ethiopian Airlines crash as well.

While experts are not expecting Boeing to take a hit on its order book, the company’s shares have slipped. Nearly $27 billion have been wiped off from the plane maker’s market value since the close of trading on Friday.

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