The Civil Aviation Ministry has called for a meeting with airlines at 4 p.m. today to discuss a contingency plan as a number of flights have been cancelled following the grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which is regulator in the sector, announced its decision to immediately ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft that are currently being used by airlines in India. The decision came soon after a 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by the Ethiopian Airlines crashed near Addis Ababa, killing 157 people, including four Indians.
Union Min of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on #Boeing737Max:After discussions with airlines,regulators & aircraft manufacturers we decided last night that these planes be grounded&that their services will be resumed only after safety modifications are done in the aircraft pic.twitter.com/aQ4X8rbrZJ
— ANI (@ANI) March 13, 2019
“We will ground all 737 Max 8 aircraft, which are currently in use by Indian airlines, by 4 pm today,” the DGCA had said earlier. “Additionally, no B737 Max aircraft will be allowed to enter or transit the Indian airspace effective 1600hrs Indian time or 1030 UTC.”
Spice Jet has suspended Boeing 737 Max operations following the DGCA's decision to ground the aircraft.
“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,” Minister Of Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu tweeted.