On Wednesday, Directorate General of Civil Aviation said that all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft would be grounded by 4 pm. As per reports, the decision would be applied to aircraft scheduled to fly back to India or go to the maintenance facility for parking.
According to the reports, Civil Aviation Secretary has called an emergency meeting of all airlines at 4 pm on Wednesday in Delhi. Jet Airways has five 737 Max 8 aircrafts and Spicejet has around 12.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation said in tweet “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 operation,”
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
Also added that “As always, passenger safety remains our top priority. We continue to consult closely with regulators around the world, airlines, and aircraft manufacturers to ensure passenger safety,” Earlier, on Sunday, a 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed near Addis Ababa killing 157 people.
Spicejet said that “We actively engaged with both Boeing and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and will continue to put safety first, as always. We have already implemented all additional precautionary measures as directed by the DGCA yesterday,”
Adding to this, they said that “The Boeing 737 Max is a highly sophisticated aircraft. It has flown hundreds of thousands of hours globally and some of the world’s largest airlines are flying this aircraft,”