Samoa Civil Aviation Administration commends FAA move
The Samoa Civil Aviation Administration has commended America's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for ordering the grounding of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft models.
“Any major aircraft accident that results in a major loss of lives is a major concern to any civil aviation administration and Samoa is no different,” said Ministry of Works Transport and Infrastructure, Magele Hoe Viali.
Responding to questions from the Samoa Observer, Magele said that Fiji Airways is the only Airline than flies a 737 Max 8 into the country.
“Fiji Air has grounded its Max 8 pending the investigation into the cause of the recent Ethiopian airliner’s demise.”
Last week, the Boeing has grounded its entire global fleet of 737 Max aircraft after investigators uncovered new evidence at the scene of the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash, says overseas media.
The announcement comes days after airlines worldwide decided to suspend their use of the 737 Max 8 and Max 9.
The US plane-maker said it would suspend all 371 of the aircraft.This follows the recent tragedy of an airplane crash in Ethiopia that killed 49 passengers and eight crew members on board, the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Max 9 has been banned from operating.
In October is the unexplained crash of another Boeing 737 Max 8 in Indonesia killing 189 people.
Thankfully, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the US, as State of Aircraft Manufacturer, has issued an “Emergency Order of Prohibition” to prohibit the operation of B737 Max 8 and 9.
The MWTI Chief Executive Officer, said the Airlines around the world that operate B737 Max 8 and 9 have received the FAA Order and are complying with it.
“Please note that the B737-800 and other older B737 variants are not affected by the ban,” said Viali.
The Samoa Airways-leased Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft was expected in the country end of this month, however the plan has been put on hold says Minister of Public Enterprises in charge of the government owned Airline.