Business

India's DGCA Directs All Airlines To Suspend The Operations Of Boeing 737 Max Aircraft From Today

HARSH RANJAN | 0
2440
| March 13 , 2019 , 11:12 IST

India's DGCA has decided to immediately ground the Boeing 737 MAX  aircraft, days after an Ethiopian Airline crash killed 157 people, including four Indians.

The planes will stay grounded till appropriate modifications and safety measures are undertaken to ensure their safe operations, the Civil Aviation Ministry announced on Tuesday evening.

"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," Civil Aviation Ministry said on Twitter.

However, flight tracking sites showed SpiceJet B737 Max was still operating flights on Wednesday morning.

All the Boeing 737 Max of SpiceJet will be grounded before 4 pm on Wednesday. Late on Tuesday night, India had ordered grounding of this aircraft with immediate effect.

When asked about this, DGCA chief BS Bhullar told TOI, "This is to cater to situations where aircraft are to fly back to India or go to the maintenance facility for parking.

All Max shut down before 4 pm on Wednesday." Just after 11 pm on Tuesday a the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had said it had decided to "to ground the Boeing 737-MAX planes immediately. These planes will be grounded until appropriate modifications and safety measures are undertaken to ensure their safe operations."

ALSO READ: Ethiopian Airlines Flight Carrying 149 Passengers, 8 Crew Members Crashes En Route To Nairobi

After this, SpiceJet had said that it "suspended Boeing 737 Max operations following DGCA's decision to ground the aircraft."

Despite the order of DGCA and statement by SpiceJet, flight tracking sites showed several of the airline's B737 max operating.

The Indian regulator's order is effective only for SpiceJet as it is the only Indian carrier with the B737 Max.

kushal kumar

During months of February - March 2019 , aviation sector , both military and civil , have witnessed mishaps in the air. Military jets have met with accidents and so is the case with drones. Aviation industry through Boeing 737 aircrafts has been in the news for worrisome concerns. Two major mishaps in the air have killed some hundreds. The latest such mishap in the air involving Boeing 737 plane happened on 10 March 2019 when an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed killing all 157 persons on board. These circumstances followed a rethinking in the aviation sector. Several countries across the world are reported to have grounded more Boeings. In this context , it may be apt to refer readers to this Vedic astrology writer’s predictive alerts for more care and appropriate strategy brought to public domain quite often since last year October 2018 , through social media plus submission of comments to a number of newspapers across the world. In order that readers refresh their memory , the same is being reproduced here :- “The following alert for more care and appropriate strategy in relation to aviation industry was made by this Vedic astrology writer over three months past in October 2018 :- ‘Astrologically speaking , aviation industry , world-wide and in India as well , could have focus for doing much to correct the systems or to innovate with strategies . Such aspects as skilled work-force or improved technology or know-how could also be in focus. Major air accidents at vulnerable locations due to some mechanical defect or oversight - negligence cannot be ruled out. This scenario can come up during coming last two months of present year 2018 and during new year 2019 , more so during February - March. So need is to be alert for more care and appropriate strategy’. Note : Dates 13 to 15 February , 21 to 23 February and 2 to 4 March in 2019 , 11-12 March or a day prior and after to these dates looks to be calling particular care”. Similar alerts were indicated in this writer’s article “ World Predictions 2019” underlining need of more care and appropriate strategy in relation to flying in the air were brought to the public domain in November -December 2018. Some of the countries like China , India , France , UK , US which have reportedly grounded the Boeing 737 were indicated in the aforesaid article for more such care and appropriate strategy. The events which have unfolded on the ground during the period covered by the alert suggest that the alert was precise and meaningful.