The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued a decision to halt all operations of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in Europe. The Boeing 737 Max 8 was previously grounded by some twenty airlines and the Chinese Civil Aviation issued a ban on 100 airplanes, which is a quarter of a global fleet.
In Europe, the British, the Germans, the French and the Irish all banned the aircraft but Croatian authorities decided not to join the growing number of countries banning the aircraft, even though at least one of these Boeing planes flies in Croatian airspace every day.
However, the decision has now been taken out of Croatian hands as the European Union has taken the decision for them. The EASA has issued a directive, which came into force on Tuesday at 7.00pm (CET) to suspend all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in Europe. In addition, EASA issued a Safety Directive, which came into force at the same time, suspending all commercial flights operated by third-country operators in, within or outside the EU's above-mentioned models.
An investigation into the tragic accident of the Ethiopian authorities with the support of the National Traffic Safety Committee, as the aircraft was designed and built in the United States, is underway. EASA has offered its assistance in supporting the accident investigation.
The US still refuses to ban the aircarft with the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) stating that their review showed "no systemic performance issues."