All variants of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft have been temporarily banned from flying into and out of Irish airspace.
The Irish Aviation Authority says it’s taken the decision following two fatal accidents involving the plane in recent months.
This temporary suspension came into effect at 3 o’clock this afternoon, and follows a similar ban made by the UK Civil Aviation Authority earlier today.
The IAA issued instructions to commercial airlines that no flights on Boeing 737 MAX would be allowed to arrive, depart or fly over Irish airspace.
Its decision comes following 2 fatal incidents involving the MAX 8 in recent months.
In October, the plane crashed in Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.
While on Sunday, 157 people – including Co Clare native Micheál Ryan – were killed when the Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Ethiopia.
The IAA says it’s been closely monitoring the situation, but due to a lack of information from the flight data recorder, they’ve opted to place a temporary suspension on all variants of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft as a precautionary measure.