By Rose Moses
If those at the Nigeria aviation sector are thinking, they should by now be grounding any Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft operating in Nigeria. And in the most likely situation that we have none yet, they should ensure that any plan to introduce such in our air space must be suspended for nowChina just did and many other countries will soon follow, if they haven’t already.
I understand Arik Air has placed an order for about eight of this aircraft while Air Peace has ordered for 10. The federal government must insist this ‘experimental’ aircraft being tried out mostly in Africa and Asia is not allowed to fly in Nigeria.
There are so many ways Nigerians are being killed daily and we can’t afford to add this to the horrible experience.
Here is how swift and responsibly China has reacted to the ‘puzzle’ that is Boeing 737 Max, according to New York Times
*BEIJING — Responding to the second crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 soon after takeoff in less than five months, China ordered its airlines on Monday morning to ground all 96 of the aircraft that they operate.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China noted in its announcement of the grounding that both the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday and a Lion Air crash in Indonesia in late October had involved very recently delivered Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft that crashed soon after takeoff.
The Chinese aviation regulator said in its announcement that it had notified Chinese air carriers at 9 a.m. that they had nine hours to take the planes out of service. But the state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, a government agency that oversees the Chinese government’s large stakes in airlines and many other industries, announced on eWeibo, a social media site, just an hour later that all of the carriers’ 96 Boeing 737 Max 8s had already been grounded, although the posting was later deleted.
*May the souls of all those that lost their lives in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, yesterday, through the Mercy of God, Rest In Peace
-Rose Moses posted this piece on her Facebook page