March 14, 2019 / 10:19 AM / 4 months ago

Russia suspends Boeing 737 MAX flights: Ifax

FILE PHOTO: Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are parked at a Boeing production facility in Renton, Washington, U.S., March 11, 2019. REUTERS/David Ryder/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s aviation authority on Thursday suspended flights by Boeing 737 MAX planes in the country’s airspace following Sunday’s deadly plane crash in Ethiopia, Interfax news agency cited the authority’s head as saying.

Russia’s S7 Airlines said earlier this week it would ground its Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes starting from Wednesday. It said its fleet consisted of 96 planes, including two Boeing 737 MAX, the only such planes owned by Russian carriers.

Reporting by Andrey Kuzmin; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Mark Potter

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