India to ban all Boeing 737 Max 8 by 4 pm today after Ethiopian plane crash


The move comes three days after 157 people were killed after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed 6 minutes after take-off from Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Sunday.

European Union and many countries across the world have already banned the use of 737 Max 8 aircraft in their respective airspace.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Wednesday said, all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft would be grounded by 4 pm.

This would be done to aircraft scheduled to fly back to India or go to the maintenance facility for parking.
In a statement Wednesday, 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 minimise inconvenience,” the airline said.

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 year, 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.

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said, “Directed Secy to hold an emergency meeting with all Airlines to prepare a contingency plan to avoid inconvenience to passengers. While passenger safety is a zero tolerance issue, efforts are already on to minimize the impact on passenger movement as their convenience is important (sic).”

European Union and many countries across the world have already banned the use of 737 Max 8 aircraft in their respective airspace.

In a statement, SpiceJet said, “We are 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.”

“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,” it said.