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Greece and Cyprus Ground Boeing 737 Max Airliners

Greece and Cyprus Ground Boeing 737 Max Airliners A Boeing 737 Max passenger jet. File photo

Aviation officials in Greece and Cyprus have banned all flights of Boeing 737 Max airliners following a European directive issued after an Ethiopia Airlines plane crashed on Sunday.

Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority chief, Konstantinos Linzerakos, told the Athens News Agency that all airports were ordered to ban flights of the 737 Max aircraft in Greek airspace, effective Tuesday afternoon.

The Cypriot Transport Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday evening. “Cyprus, in compliance with the [EASA] directive, is suspending all fight operations of Boeing 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX over its airspace,” the announcement stated.

The crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 involved a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, which came down shortly after takeoff on Sunday in Addis Ababa, claiming 157 lives.

Authorities do not know what caused the accident, but the European Aviation Safety Agency issued a directive on Tuesday out of an abundance of caution, suspending all commercial flights on the Boeing 737 MAX airliners.

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