Taiwan mulls grounding Boeing 737 MAX 8

TAIPEI (The China Post) – Following the recent crash of a second Boeing 737 MAX 8 in just six months, aviation experts have expressed security concerns around the world, including Taiwan where an assessment on whether such aircraft should be banned from flying in still under consideration, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) already announced on March 12 that the Boeing 737 MAX would be banned to enter its airspace. The European agency in charge of civil aviation safety issued an emergency airworthiness directive (EAD) to civil aviation authorities and airlines around the world.

For now, there aren’t any Taiwanese airlines using the 737 MAX, a narrow-body aircraft series designed and produced by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Still, Thai Lion Air is using the Boeing 737 MAX 8 on its Taipei-Bangkok route.

The CAA said it received the aforesaid EAD as Taiwan possess the right to close the airspace for specific aircraft types. The decision of whether to ban the 737 MAX from other countries from entering Taiwan is still under evaluation, however.