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Iran announces Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 ban

Iran has banned Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 planes from entering and flying through its airspace following the 737 MAX 8's deadly crash in Ethiopia last weekend, the country's Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh confirmed on Friday.

"A ban on the passage of the Boeing Max aircraft through Iran’s skies has been issued as has been the case with other countries," he said. Jafarzadeh noted Tehran issued the ban before the United States announced it is grounding its fleet of the Boeing 737 MAX. The Ethiopian Airlines incident was the second fatal crash involving the 737 MAX 8 after the same model operated by Indonesia's Lion Air crashed in the sea killing 189 people. The Fars News Agency reported that another plane of the same model was forced to make an emergency landing in Iran due to engine issues.

Most countries around the world, including China, Russia and the United States, have grounded or banned the use of the 737 MAX 8 type, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) warned it could take months to fix the software issue that is believed to be the cause of the incidents, while Boeing announced it is halting the deliveries of the 737 MAX 8.

Breaking the News / NP