DGCA orders major airlines to ground Boeing Boeing 737 Max aircraft by 4 pm after Ethiopia plane crash: Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Wednesday made it clear that all Boeing 737 Max aircraft will be grounded before 4 pm today to cater to situations where aircraft are to fly back to India or go to the maintenance facility. Earlier the DGCA had sought clarification from Boeing regarding the safety aspect of the passenger aircraft. Keeping in view, the safety and security of passengers and crew, SpiceJet has suspended Boeing 737 Max operations following the DGCA’s decision to ground the aircraft.
In the aftermath of the Ethiopian Airlines crash that claimed lives of 157 people on March 10, 2019, Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft has been grounded by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The speculations of a ban on the use of Boeing 737 Max 8 were doing the rounds ever since the incident. The ban on the aircraft was finally confirmed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation on late Tuesday via a tweet on its official Twitter handle.
However, the Federal Aviation Administration of the US said there is “no basis” to ground Boeing 737 MAX.
Taking to its Twitter handle, the Ministry of Civil Aviation tweeted that India’s aviation watchdog DGCA ordered to ground the Boeing 737-MAX planes immediately. The tweet also read that these planes would be grounded until appropriate modifications and safety measures were undertaken to ensure their safe operations.
The Ministry of Civil aviation also tweeted: “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”.
In India, SpiceJet and Jet Airways are the two airline services that use Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. While Spicejet has taken down 12 Boeing 737 MAX, the Jet Airways have suspended 5 aircraft.
SpiceJet recently confirmed taking down of the Boeing 737 Max operations following DGCA’s decision to ground the aircraft, citing safety and security of our passengers, crew and operations are of utmost importance to the airline.
Apart from India, several other countries from across the globe have barred the use of Boeing 737 MAX planes. The countries include Australia, Britain, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Mongolia, Oman, and Singapore