The UK aviation regulator is liasing with the European Aviation Safety Agency following yesterday’s Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 disaster.

The Civil Aviation Authority issued a statement after a number of airlines grounded use of the latest varient of the Boeing 737 in the wake of the crash which killed all 157 passengers and crew shortly after take of from Addis Ababa.

The CAA confirmed that five Boeing 737 Max 8s are operating in the UK, with a further aircfraft due toi enter service this week.

A spokesperson said: “Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the tragic incident in Ethiopia yesterday.

“There are currently five Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft registered and operational in the United Kingdom. A sixth aircraft is due to enter operation later this week.

“The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for certifying all Boeing 737 Max 8 models and it is the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) that validates this certification across the EU, including the UK.

“The UK Civil Aviation Authority is liaising very closely with the EASA as the facts of this incident are established.”

Tui Airways became the first UK airline to operate the Boeing 737 Max 8 in December as part of an order for 32 aircraft.