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All Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft will be grounded in India by 4 pm: DGCA

Reuters/PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 13, 2019 Published on March 13, 2019

On Tuesday night, the DGCA announced its decision to ground the aircraft that are currently being used by airline companies in India. File photo

The Ethiopian Airlines incident on Sunday was the second such crash involving a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in less than five months

A senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said that (DGCA) all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft would be grounded in India by 4 pm on Wednesday.

The Civil Aviation Ministry will hold a meeting with airlines at 4 pm to prepare a contingency plan as a number of flights have been cancelled following the grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.

It was also decided that India will not allow Boeing Co's 737 MAX aircraft to enter or transit its airspace after 1030 GMT.

 

The decision came days after a 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by the Ethiopian Airlines crashed near Addis Ababa killing 157 people, including four Indians.

On Tuesday night, the DGCA announced its decision to ground the aircraft that are currently being used by airline companies in India.

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SpiceJet has around 12 such aircraft in its fleet. Jet Airways has five, which have been grounded.

“Safety and security of our passengers, crew and operations are of utmost importance to us and we will be working with the regulator and the manufacturer to attain normalcy in our operations. We are confident of accommodating the vast majority of our passengers and minimise inconvenience,” the airline said.

 

The Ethiopian Airlines incident on Sunday was the second such crash involving a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in less than five months.

In October last year, an aircraft operated by Lion Air crashed killing over 180 people in Indonesia.

The European Union (EU) and many other countries across the world have banned the use of the 737 Max 8 aircraft in their respective airspace.

Published on March 13, 2019
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