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Vietnam lifts transit ban on Boeing 737 Max

Rosy Huong Rosy Huong

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April 07, 2021 | 08:11

Vietnam has allowed Boeing 737 Max planes to transit in the country after they were suspended in 2019 over safety concerns.

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The Vietnamese Ministry of Transport has approved the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV)’s proposal to allow Boeing 737 Max planes to pass through the country’s airspace.

The ministry told the CAA to keep monitoring the situation and updating information from aviation authorities of other countries like Russia, Australia and China.

The authority needs to make specific evaluation of the planes, the ministry said, noting that the full approval and licences should be issued only when the aircraft satisfies local regulations.

The proposal was made after the CAAV reviewed Boeing’s efforts to improve the aircraft and the evaluation of major aviation authorities such as the US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

Vietnam lifts transit ban on Boeing 737 Max
The Boeing 737 Max was grounded worldwide in March 2019 after 346 people were killed in two crashes in the space of a few months in Indonesia and Ethiopia. Photo: Reuters

The US allowed the resumption of Boeing 737 Max operations last December, followed by Brazil and Canada.

The Boeing 737 Max was grounded worldwide in March 2019 after 346 people were killed in two crashes in the space of a few months in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

Vietnam has banned Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from flying over its airspace due to safety concerns following similar actions by many other countries./.

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