File photo shows Boeing 737 MAX aircraft parked at a Boeing production facility in Renton, Washington. 

KUALA LUMPUR: The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) has suspended the operations of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft flying into and out, as well as transiting in Malaysia effective immediately until further notice.

This is in the wake of two fatal crashes involving the aircraft in less than five months, its chief executive officer, Ahmad Nizar Zolfakar said yesterday.

CAAM also clarified that no Malaysian carriers were operating the Boeing 737 MAX 8.

Malaysia joins countries such as Singapore, China, Indonesia and Australia, which have also suspended the operations of the Boeing 737 Max, following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX plane en-route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board on Sunday.

In October last year, the crash of Indonesia’s Lion Air 737 Max 8 took the lives of 189 people on board.

[Source: “Malaysia suspends Boeing 737 MAX 8 operations with immediate effect” published by Bernama]

Photo Credits: Bernama/Reuters

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