Boeing takes off with crew only
The Journal reports on the departure of a Norwegian Air plane from Madeira Airport with only the crew on board. This was due to the ban imposed by the European Union on the Boeing 737 Max 8 model operating EU airspace. This is the model which has been involved in two crashes in the last five months – the latest resulting in 157 fatalities on an Air Ethiopia flight on Sunday.
The decision was taken by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) after countries around the world banned the plane in their airspace.
The decision to ban the aircraft from flying in European airspace results in the isolation of the American aviation regulator (FAA), American airlines and the manufacturer, who insist that the Max 8 model is safe.