New Delhi: All Boeing 737 MAX operations will be halted and aircraft both flying into or out of Indian airports will be stopped effective from 4 pm today (March 13), an official from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said.
The official added that the time has been set in accordance with schedule of all flights.
This decision comes after an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 aircraft crashed minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa, killing all on-board, including four Indians.
The UK and Malaysia on Tuesday banned Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes from their airspace. This came a day after Aviation Regulator of Singapore announced its decision to ground all the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes following the Ethiopian Airlines crash. Hours after the mishap took place, China’s aviation regulator also grounded all flights of that model.
Earlier, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation had announced that 737 MAX 8 aircraft will be grounded with immediate effect until appropriate modifications and safety measures are undertaken to ensure their safe operations. The statement issued by DGCA read, “We continue to consult closely with regulators around the world, airlines, and aircraft manufacturers to ensure passenger safety.”
The Boeing Company issued a statement on Tuesday evening saying, “Safety is Boeing’s number one priority and we have full confidence in the safety of 737 MAX. We understand that regulatory agencies and customers have made decisions that they believe are most appropriate for their home markets.”
After releasing the statement, Boeing also said that it would continue a dialogue with all parties concerned. It added that till the time US Federal Aviation Administration isn’t mandating any further action, it would not be able to issue new guidance to the operators.