Morocco is one of several countries that have suspended use of Boeing 737 Max-8 jets after a plane crash on Sunday killed everyone onboard, including two Moroccans.
Rabat – Morocco’s national carrier, Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has indefinitely suspended use of all Boeing 737 Max-8 planes as of today.
On Sunday, Flight ET 302, a Boeing 737 Max-8 plane on its way to Nairobi, crashed six minutes after it took off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, killing all 157 people onboard.
Royal Air Maroc (RAM) received its first Boeing 737 Max-8 in December, and the airplane has been operating since January 1 on trips to Barcelona, Paris, and London. RAM received its second Max-8 in mid-February.
The company expects soon to receive two other Boeing 737 Max-8s.
RAM did not specify how long it will suspend the use of the new airplanes while it awaits the results of investigations into the cause of the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
Ethiopia, the Cayman Islands, and China have also ordered their airlines to temporarily suspend use of their Boeing 737 Max-8 planes, especially because the same plane model crashed in a recent accident.
In October, Lion Air Flight 610 crashed near Jakarta, also only minutes after take-off, killing all 189 people onboard. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Ethiopian Airlines announced that the 157 victims on flight ET 302 included 2 Moroccans, 6 Egyptians, 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, and 8 Americans.
People from 30 countries died in the crash, including Belgium, Poland, Spain, Israel, Djibouti, Ireland, Rwanda, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, UK, India, and Slovakia.
Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the crash.