The UK has banned all arrivals, departures and overflights involving the aircraft type that was lost in Sunday’s crash in Ethiopia, the Boeing 737 Max 8.

As investigators urgently seek to understand why the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashed, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has joined Australia, Singapore, China, Indonesia and Malaysia in banning the jet.

A spokesperson for the CAA said: “As we do not currently have sufficient information from the flight data recorder, we have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace.