ARC NEWS
Ethiopian grounds 737 Max fleet, amongst other operators.
March 11, 2019
Ethiopian Airlines has joined Cayman airlines and the Civil Aviation Authority of China to grounded its Boeing 737 Max 8 fleet, as a precaution following the crash of flight ET302 on the Addis Ababa-Nairobi route on 10 March.

The grounding is until further notice, says the airline.
“Although we don’t yet know the cause of the accident, we had to decide to ground the particular fleet as an extra safety precaution.”

Southwest Air, American Airlines, and Air Canada – are currently continuing the use of the aircraft, until further notice.


Ethiopian Airlines Boeing Max 737-800, Crash after take-off.
March 10, 2019
Ethiopian Airlines operating flight ET302 to Nairobi, has crashed, shortly after taking off from the Ethiopian capital.
The airline has confirmed that there are no survivors of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft after it crashed 8 minutes after take off from Addis Ababa.

Its group chief executive, Tewolde Gebremariam, has attended the accident scene and the carrier says it “regrets to confirm” that all on board were lost in the crash.

Ethiopian has provisionally indicated that 157 occupants – comprising 149 passengers and eight crew – had been travelling on the twinjet.


Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 quarantined at Gatwick
March 07, 2019
Virgin Atlantic reported on March 6, 2019, that all passengers and crew of a charter flight arriving in London from Barbados had been quarantined, after several people got sick.

The Boeing 747, registered G-VROS, carried out flight VS610 from Bridgetown International Airport (BGI) in Barbados, to London Gatwick Airport (LGW). The flight was exclusively transporting tourists returning from a cruise in the Caribbean, on a ship called MSC Preziosa.

Out of the 448 passengers, several on board fell ill with severe coughs, diarrhea and even rashes, according to Phill Brown, a passenger quoted by The Sun. Five crew members were also affected. Upon landing in Gatwick, the airport’s emergency services met the plane.

The quarantine lasted for about four hours.About thirty sick passengers were taken to an assessment center for further treatment, said a spokesperson from Gatwick airport.


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