India grounds Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes

13 Mar 2019 by Anithya Balachandran
India bans Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes

In the wake of Ethiopian Airlines crash, India has joined multiple nations in grounding all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) carried out an extensive investigation, following which the decision was made to ban the aircraft.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation tweeted:

The aviation regulatory body has stated that the planes will remain grounded until  “appropriate modifications and safety measures are undertaken to ensure their safe operations.” Additionally, no B737 Max aircraft will be allowed to enter or transit Indian airspace effective.

Following the regulatory directive, SpiceJet has initiated the grounding of its MAX fleet. As a result, the low-cost carrier has cancelled 14 flights today and will be operating additional flights from tomorrow.

An emergency meeting is held to prepare a contingency plan to avoid inconvenience to the passengers.

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

China, Europe, Singapore, Australia, Oman, Cayman Islands, Malaysia and the UAE are among several other countries to suspend Boeing 737 MAX 8 operations.


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