Directorate General of Civil Aviation to seek information on Boeing 737 Max planes from Indian carriers

11 Mar 2019 by Anithya Balachandran

Following the tragic Ethiopian Airlines crash, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is expected to seek information from Jet Airways and SpiceJet operating Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in India. The aviation regulatory body will also question Boeing on the aircraft model.

Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation tweeted:

Safety concerns are being raised as this is the second fatal incident, in less than five months, involving Boeing 737 max — In October 2018, Lion Air Flight 610, from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang crashed 12 minutes after take-off, killing all on board.

Both Jet Airways and SpiceJet have ordered more than 200 737 Max aircraft each.

The cause of the accident has still not been revealed, and the investigation is still underway. However, the Chinese government has already grounded all Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets as a safety precaution. Ethiopian Airlines has temporarily stopped operating the 737 MAX 8 planes. Additionally, the Cayman Islands has also suspended the aircraft model until more information is received.


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