Polish and European airspace closed for Boeing 737 MAX 8s

Poland’s Civil Aviation Authority (ULC) decided on Tuesday to close Polish airspace for Boeing 737 MAX 8 aeroplanes, after the accident of one of such aircraft in Ethiopia.

Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX 8 flight ET302 left Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa and crashed on Sunday six minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people on board, including two Polish civilians – a child and a diplomat.

Piotr Samson, the head of ULC, said that he sent his decision to Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA), which supervises Polish airspace. “It means that after receiving the decision from the ULC, PANSA will close our airspace to those aeroplanes,” he said.

“Similar actions have been carried out in Germany, France and Great Britain. We expect that in the course of a few hours the whole of the airspace above Europe will be closed to that type of aircraft,” Mr Samson stressed. In fact, on Tuesday evening, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency made such a decision.

Polish airlines LOT decided to ground all its five Boeing 737 MAX 8 aeroplanes. Following the decisions of global aviation agencies worldwide, “LOT has decided to temporarily suspend flights of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, until further notice,” a LOT spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has said it will not suspend flights of the particular model of plane despite pressure from senators and unions.