UAE to join investigation into Ethiopian Airlines crash

The UAE’s aviation authority also said it is “not reluctant” to ground the Boeing 737 MAX jets if required



The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has joined the investigation into the crash of Ethiopian Airlines ET 302 on Sunday, which killed all the 157 people onboard, it was announced on Tuesday.

The GCAA said it will work with the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing, to probe the crash of the 737 MAX jet, official news agency WAM reported.

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The UAE aviation authority also contacted the Chinese NAA (CAAC), Cayman CAA and Ethiopian Airways to seek more information on the reason behind them grounding their respective fleets, it said.

“The GCAA is closely assessing the situation for taking any necessary safety action in a timely manner. The GCAA will not be reluctant to ground the UAE registered Boeing 737 Max fleet, if required, to ensure the highest standards of aviation safety is achieved. The GCAA will issue updates on this matter as required,” the statement added.

On Monday, flydubai confirmed that it will continue operating its 737 MAX fleet.

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