Boeing 737 MAX grounded at least until the end of the year

The Belgian Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA), the Belgian watchdog for safe air traffic, has decided that aircraft of the type Boeing 737 MAX will not be allowed to take off at least until the end of the year.

The BCAA's decision is in line with the worldwide flying ban for the 737 MAX planes, after two heavy crashes: one near Java in October (Lion Air, 189 people perishing) and another last March (Ethiopian Airlines, 157 victims).

There may be problems with software which pushes the airplane's nose down, causing it to crash. In Belgium, only tour operators TUI Fly are deploying Boeings 737 MAX. The four aircraft are on the tarmac of Brussels Airport since the worldwide ban.