Civil Aviation Authority Monitoring Probe into Ethiopia Airline Tragedy

Nationwide News understands that the top brass of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) is in dialogue with international aviation authorities as it monitors the fallout from the deadly crash this weekend of a Boeing 737 Max 8 aeroplane in Ethiopia.

The crash in Ethiopia killed all 157 people who were on board. The aircraft came down four months after a similar crash of the same model plane in Indonesia. The crash in Indonesia killed nearly 200 people.

Authorities in China, Indonesia and Ethiopia today ordered airlines to ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes. Our sources say senior officials at the JCAA in Kingston were up to this afternoon in dialogue with international aviation authorities about the accidents.

Checks by the JCAA have, reportedly, so far revealed that several American and Canadian airlines which fly to Jamaica have the Boeing 737 Max 8 plane in their fleet.

Neither Canada nor the USA have announced any decision about the model plane which is now the subject of international scrutiny. It’s understood that aviation authorities in Jamaica are awaiting the outcome of the high-level international investigation into the accidents before making a public comment on the issue.

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