Following the recent tragedy that claimed lives over the weekend, The federal government of Nigeria has banned Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes from flying into its airspace.
In a meeting presided by President Muhamadu Buhari, the minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika disclosed that the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, has a issued advisory that nobody should fly in 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.
Sirika said although two Nigerian airlines had placed order for the model, it would take two years for the aircraft to be delivered which was also enough time for Boeing to rectify the problem leading to the crashes.
Over 157 persons on board were killed during the ill-fated accident. Two Nigerians: Pius Adesanmi, a professor, and Abiodun Bashua, an ex-diplomat, lost their lives in the incident.
Sunday’s crash was the second involving Boeing 737 Max 8 model in less than six months – a Lion Air plane of the same model crashed in Indonesia in October last year, killing 189 people.