Following the fatal crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 at the weekend, the local arm of Comair Limited has suspended use of the aircraft.

An Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 crashed on Sunday morning shortly after take off. There were no survivors following the crash and 157 people were confirmed dead.

The decision to ground the aircraft was made by Comair Limited without pressure from regulators or Boeing. Rather, according to executive director of Comair’s airline division, Wernelle Stander, the decision to ground the aircraft was made in the interest of passengers and crew.

Comair’s grounding of the 737 Max 8 is temporary while it consults with Boeing and other technical experts.

“While Comair has done extensive preparatory work prior to the introduction of the first 737 MAX 8 into its fleet and remains confident in the inherent safety of the aircraft, it has decided temporarily not to schedule the aircraft while it consults with other operators, Boeing and technical experts,” Comair said in a media statement.

The 737 Max 8 in question formed part of the British Airways fleet. Comair said it had ordered eight of the aircraft as part of a fleet renewal strategy.

A number of countries have grounded the aircraft with EWN reporting that Singapore’s regulator has banned the use of aircraft in the country’s airspace.

Boeing is currently investigating the crash together with the Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau and the US National Transportation Safety Board.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board and stand ready to support the Ethiopian Airlines team,” Boeing said in a statement.

[Image – Boeing]