An American Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from Los Angeles lands at Washington Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C., the United States on March 13, 2019. (Xinhua/Ting Shen)
The United Nations has halted flying its personnel on Boeing 737 Max 8, the type of aircraft that involved in two crashes in half a year, a spokesperson said Thursday.
"Instructions have gone out to all our travel bureaus not to book any UN personnel on the type of aircraft that crashed in Ethiopia," UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said at a press briefing.
He added the move is a standard safety procedure and follows the decisions taken by civil aviation authorities in many countries in the world.
On Sunday, a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft of Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa. All 157 people on board were killed in the crash, including 21 UN personnel. Another Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft crashed in Indonesia in October, killing all 189 people on board.
Following the second crash of the same model in less than five months, safety concerns mounted around the globe as the 737 Max is Boeing's most important aircraft type, generating about one third of the company's operating profit.
According to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, there are 387 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets in operation at 59 airlines worldwide, 74 of which are registered in the United States.
China was the first country in the world to suspend all Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes and more than 40 countries including Singapore, Australia, and the European Union, Canada, and the United States followed suit. In addition, some countries have closed their airspace to the plane.