DGCA Bans All Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft In India: Aircrafts To Be Grounded By 4 pm

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DGCA Bans All Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft In India
DGCA Bans All Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft In India

On Sunday, a 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed near Addis Ababa killing 157 people, including four Indians

The Civil aviation ministry has called an emergency meeting of all airlines at 4 pm today over the grounding of Boeing 737-Max planes. The meeting is to discuss the situation where the Boeing 737-Max aircraft are to fly back to India or go to the maintenance facility for parking.

All Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in India will be grounded by 4 pm on Wednesday, an official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said, days after a similar aircraft of an Ethiopian airline crashed killing 157 people.

The time frame has been set to cater to situations where aircraft are to fly back to India or go to the maintenance facility for parking, a DGCA official said.

India had on Tuesday announced the grounding of all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes with the Ministry of Civil Aviation tweeting: “DGCA has taken the decision to ground the Boeing 737-MAX planes immediately. These planes will be grounded until appropriate modifications and safety measures are undertaken to ensure their safe operations.”

As always, passenger safety remains our top priority. We continue to consult closely with regulators around the world, airlines, and aircraft manufacturers to ensure passenger safety, the ministry added.

Jet Airways has five of these aircraft on its fleet and SpiceJet 12.

According to Jet Airways, all its 737-800 MAX aircraft are grounded as the airline negotiates a financial crunch.

Jet Airways has five B737 MAX in its fleet but is currently not flying any of these aircraft. The airline is in contact with the manufacturer and the regulator in context of this development, and remains committed to implementing all directives or advisories that may be published by those authorized,” said a spokesperson for Jet Airways.

Minister of Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu has called for an emergency meeting to prepare a plan to avoid inconvenience to passengers. “I have directed the Secretary to hold an emergency meeting with all airlines to prepare a contingency plan to avoid inconvenience to passengers. While passenger safety is a zero tolerance issue, efforts are already on to minimize the impact on passenger movement as their convenience is important,” he tweeted.

DGCA had on Monday sought information from Boeing after the crash on Sunday, the second B-737 Max airline crashed in the last six months.

The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi crashed early on Sunday with 149 passengers and eight crew members onboard. The aircraft took off at 08:38 am the local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport before losing contact at 08:44 am.

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Here are a few important points of the big story

  • The Civil Aviation Secretary has called an emergency meeting of all airlines at 4 pm today in Delhi, according to news agency ANI.

  • Among Indian carriers, SpiceJet has 13 jets of the model 8 variant in its 75-strong fleet while Jet Airways has five.

  • Both airlines have suspended the operation of their Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets after the DGCA or Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s decision.

  • SpiceJet said: “The safety and security of our passengers, crew, and operations are of utmost importance to us.” it had earlier defended the Jets, calling them “highly sophisticated“.

  • The planes in India will stay grounded until modifications and safety measures are taken, the Civil Aviation Ministry had announced last evening.

  • As always, passenger safety remains our top priority. We continue to consult closely with regulators around the world, airlines, and aircraft manufacturers to ensure passenger safety,” the Civil Aviation Ministry said on Twitter.

  • On Monday, the DGCA had directed Indian carriers to ensure that pilots have 1,000 hours and co-pilots 500 hours of flying experience on the Boeing 737 MAX 8.

  • The US aviation regulator said on Tuesday it would not ground the MAX 8 planes. It said a review by the body “shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft.”

  • Boeing, the world’s biggest planemaker, which has seen billions of dollars wiped off its market value since the crash, said it understood the countries’ actions but retained “full confidence” in the 737 MAX and had safety as its priority.

  • Of the top 10 countries by air passenger travel, all but the United States and Japan have halted flights of the 737 MAX.

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