Boeing's troubled 737 Max aeroplane has been troubling German air traffic officials this week, who refused to let one of the controversial planes fly over the country.
This particular 737 Max is owned by budget flier Norwegian, with the airline flying it without passengers – only a pilot and first officer are allowed on flights and the systems implicated in the two crashes are deactivated – on a repositioning mission to get it back to base in Stockholm for analysis and software maintenance alongside the rest of its 737 fleet. However, the plane was stuck flying a loop at the France-Germany border, before being refused entry to German airspace and being to told land in France.
It seems France and Germany changed their rules in a hurry while the plane was in the air, as Norwegian said it had permission to reposition the empty plane from EU air traffic organisation Eurocontrol and the European Aviation Safety Agency, but explained: "Just before entering German airspace both the German and French authorities sent a notice that prohibited repositioning flights of the Boeing 737 MAX in their airspace. Our pilots were instructed to land south of Paris." [Business Insider]