The Aviation Round Table (ART) has called on Boeing, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to jointly consider the recurring fatal accidents on the B737 Max that have collectively claimed about 350 lives of air travellers within five months as a calamity to the global travelling community.
ART also demanded that these aviation regulatory bodies should therefore demand that the aircraft be temporarily grounded from commercial operations.
In an official statement issued yesterday signed by ART, president, Dr Gbenga Olowo, the professional group stated that “we noted that some countries including China, Indonesia,Ethiopia,Mexico etc have grounded the B737 Max NG fleet pending the determination of the cause of the incessant crashes.”
According to the group, “ART is very hopeful that these global aviation bodies would respond promptly to the demand that the Boeing 737 Max 8 New Generation be suspended from commercial operations.
“The crash of an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft B737 Max NG on Sunday, March, 10, was the second within five months coming on the heels of the crash in Indonesia of the same aircraft type flown by the Lions Air in November 2018.
“These series of fatal accidents call to question the safety in the design of the Max 8 series by the manufacturer and its certification to fly by the US FAA – the safety regulation authority in the country of manufacturing,” ART added.
ART equally observed that there had been no reported case of such fatal accidents of the aircraft in the US since the aircraft came into operations.
The group however, condoled with the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate accidents.