Since the crash of Boeing 737 MAX 8 belonging to Ethopian Airline crashed just minutes after it took off, the airspace has been witnessing many dynamic changes including immediate grounding of Boeing 737 MAX 8 by at least 27 airlines.
Following the trail, India’s Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) also ordered grounding of all such Boeing airplanes with immediate effects. But, as per some flight tracking sources some of them were still operational on the Wednesday morning and are expected to be grounded by 4 pm today.
“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. 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,” ministry of civil aviation tweeted mid-night.
The ministry in its tweet also stated that no Boeing 737 MAX will be allowed to enter or transit in the Indian Airspace effective from 1600 IST or 1030 UST.
SpiceJet, which has 12 such planes in its fleet, is likely to be affected the most from this new order. The carrier stated that it has complied with the Civil Aviation order with immediate effect.
Another carrier Jet Airways has 5 such planes in its 123 airplane fleet but most of them are already grounded due to non-payment to lessor.
Earlier, on Sunday a Boeing 737 MAX 8 belonging to Ethopian airline crashed. Although, the reasons for are yet to be investigated but the crash drew similarity with an earlier plane crash in October 2018 taking life of all 189 people present on the Lion Air’s Boeing 737 MAX 8.
The primary reason behind the crash seems to be the some technical reason related to its manufacturing and design of nose. Thus, most of the airlines across the world has ordered grounding of such Boeing planes. Around 13 countries have either grounded the Boeing 737 MAX 8 or closed their airspace for it including India, Germany, Australia, UK and China.