All Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft will be grounded in India by 4 pm, Wednesday. The decision comes in light of the recent plane crash of 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by Ethiopian
Airlines. The plane crash claimed the lives of 157 people including 4 Indians.
On Tuesday night, DGCA had announced its decision to ground the so called aircrafts which are in operation in India. The DGCA said, “We will ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, which are currently in use by Indian airlines, by 4 pm today.” SpiceJet has 12 such aircrafts in its fleet while Jet Airways have 5.
In a statement SpiceJet said, “SpiceJet has suspended Boeing 737 Max operations following DGCA’s decision to ground the aircraft. 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 minimize inconvenience”.
The Ethiopian Airlines air crash is the second one involving Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft less than 5 months. The EU has already banned the use of 737 MAX 8 aircraft in their airspace