The German Minister of Transport, Andreas Scheuer, advanced this Tuesday in declarations to the television "n-tv" his intention to close the German airspace to model 737 MAX 8, of the American manufacturer Boeing, after the loss of Ethiopian Airlines in which 157 people died.
It is the second country in Europe, after the United Kingdom, to make this decision, which had previously been taken by other states such as Australia, Singapore, China, Indonesia, Mongolia and Oman.
"Until all the doubts are resolved, I have decided that the German airspace should be closed immediately for the Boeing 737 Max," said Scheuer, who argued that "safety has absolute priority."
According to data from Ministry of Transport, the questioned model of Boeing is hardly used in routes departing or arriving in Germany, because the largest airlines in the country usually fly aircraft of the European Airbus competition.
However, the measure will affect many flights that, without touching land in Germany, cross the airspace of this country in the center of Europe.
Shortly before Scheuer advanced this decision, the German tour operator Tui, the largest in the world, had also announced his decision to leave all 15 devices of this model on the ground, following the recommendations of several air authorities.
The fleet of TUI includes 15 devices of this model under suspicion, which operate in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Next month it would start to be used for flights from Germany.
Several airlines have also decided to temporarily leave this model on the ground, such as Norway Norwegian, Aerolíneas Argentinas, the Brazilian Gol and the Indian Jet Airways.
The accident on Sunday in Ethiopia is the second in a few months of a Boeing 737 MAX 8, after another operated by the company Lion Air crashed in October in Indonesia twelve minutes after taking off due to failures in the automatic system, which It cost the lives of 189 people.