New Delhi: Hours after Boeing released a statement on 737 MAX 8 aircraft, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced that these planes 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.
On Tuesday, Germany, France, the UK and Malaysia banned the B737 MAX 8 planes from their airspace. The development came just two days after 157 people were killed on this aircraft during a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.
Earlier, Aviation Regulator of Singapore had also announced its decision to ground all the Boeing 737 MAX 8.
“The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is temporarily suspending the operation of all variants of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft into and out of Singapore in light of two fatal accidents involving Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in less than five months,” the authority had said in its statement.
Prior to that, China’s aviation regulator also grounded all flights of that model. The Civil Aviation Administration of China had issued a statement saying that all domestic Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets would be out of action for some time, due to its principle of zero tolerance for safety hazards.