Boeing 737 Max grounding: Asian regulators call the shots

A Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Indonesia on Tuesday. China and Indonesia were the first countries to order local carriers to ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, after the plane was involved in two
A Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Indonesia on Tuesday. China and Indonesia were the first countries to order local carriers to ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, after the plane was involved in two crashes in five months. Other countries followed with similar moves.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

China and Indonesia were the first countries to order local carriers to ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, after the plane was involved in two crashes in five months.

Singapore went one step further to shut its airspace, with effect from 2pm on Tuesday, to all variants of the B-737 Max, imposing a temporary suspension against operations by both local and foreign carriers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2019, with the headline 'Boeing 737 Max grounding: Asian regulators call the shots'. Print Edition | Subscribe