India grounds Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft with immediate effect
New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday decided to ground the controversial Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.
The decision came in the wake of Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday in Addis Ababa killing all 157 people on board.
Ministry of Civil Aviation informed about the decision through a series of tweets. It said that the planes will be grounded until appropriate modifications and safety measures are undertaken to ensure their safe operations.
DGCA has taken the decision to ground the Boeing 737-MAX planes immediately. These planes will be grounded till appropriate modifications and safety measures are undertaken to ensure their safe operations. (1/2)
— Ministry of Civil Aviation (@MoCA_GoI) March 12, 2019
The ministry said that passenger safety remains its top priority and India continues to consult closely with regulators around the world, airlines, and aircraft manufacturers to ensure passenger safety.
In India, SpiceJet and Jet Airways are the two airlines that operate the Boeing 737 Max 8 jets. Spice Jet has around 12 Boeing 737 Max 8′ planes in its fleet, while Jet Airways has five in the country.
Earlier, Ethiopia, China, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and UK had decided to suspend the Aircraft. However, US aviation officials have said, the 737 Max 8 is airworthy and that it is too early to reach any conclusions or take any action.