DGCA bars Boeing 737 MAX 8 after global alarm

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All Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft operating in the country would be grounded as per the decision taken by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

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

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

Second such crash

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, an aircraft operated by Lion Air crashed, killing over 180 people in Indonesia.
The European Union and many other countries across the world have already banned the use of the 737 Max 8 aircraft in their respective airspace.

About the Aircraft:

The Boeing 737 MAX is a narrow-body aircraft series designed and produced by Boeing Commercial Airplanes as the fourth generation of the Boeing 737, succeeding the Boeing 737 Next Generation .

About DGCA

  • DGCA is India’s regulatory body for civil aviation. It comes under the aegis of Union Ministry of Civil Aviation.
  • This directorate investigates aviation accidents and incidents
  • As a regulatory body, it seeks to promote Safe and efficient Air Transportation through regulation and proactive safety oversight system in India.
  • Enforce civil air regulations, air safety and airworthiness standards in India as per International standards.
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