Just few days after it was reported that 157 people that died in an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, the Nigerian Federal Government has totally banned Boeing 737 Max 8 from being used by any airline operator in Nigeria.
The aircraft which was a Boeing 737 Max 8 took off from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi crashed few minutes after taking off. There were no survivors as the 157 people on board all died.
At the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) held today being Wednesday, 13th March 2019, the Minister of State Aviation, Hadi Sirika while addressing the State House correspondents revealed that Boeing 737 MAX will not be allowed into Nigeria again until they find out what caused the plane crash on Sunday, 10th March 2019.
It is to be recalled that two Nigerians were victims of the plane crash. One was a popular Nigerian-born but Canadian professor and writer, Pius Adesanmi and the other Ambassador Abiodun Bashua who was the former Joint Special Representative for the African Union-United nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, Sudan.
According to reports, family members of the victims of the plane crash are to visit the scene of the accident on Wednesday. According to Asrat Begashaw who is the Head of Public Relations at the Ethiopian Airlines, embassy officials would escort the family members to the site of the accident.
We hope this issue gets resolved and may the souls of the victims rest in peace.