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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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

One thought on “Civil Aviation Authority Monitoring Probe into Ethiopia Airline Tragedy

  1. Danielle

    Whilst we understand that Jamaica has had 1 million visitors in the first nine weeks of the year blah blah blah and to ban this aircraft from our airspace might negatively affect that, id like to know if Jamaica is once again, really not going to take a stand on an issue of international significance. Out of an abundance of caution, ban this thing until they know what caused this crash.


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