The ministry of Civil Aviation in India asked all the airlines in India to immediately ground the Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft following the fatal crash of Ethiopian airlines on Sunday.
The ministry posted on twitter –
India’s top airlines Jet Airways Ltd and SpiceJet Ltd operate the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircrafts. Jet Airways have five in its fleet, and Spicejet have 8 in theirs. The airline regulator DGCA said these specific variants of Boeing will be grounded until modifications and safety measures were taken. Meanwhile the Civil Aviation Secretary has called an emergency meeting of all airlines at 4 pm today in Delhi.
Plenty of countries around the world have grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 flights among them were New Zealand, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, 27 Nations of the European Union, Turkey, Brazil, Oman, Ethiopia, Singapore, China, Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Boeing, the world’s biggest planemaker, which has seen billions of dollars wiped off (US$ 21 billion) its market value since the crash, said it understood the countries’ actions but retained “full confidence” in the 737 MAX and had safety as its priority.
President Donald Trump spoke to the CEO of Boeing soon after tweeting about how complex it was to fly an airplane.
Boeing still remains confident only because of the approval from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA in a statement said it has conducted a review of the Boeing 737 Max 8 and found “no basis” to ground the aircraft.
The FAA statement reads, “The FAA continues to review extensively all available data and aggregate safety performance from operators and pilots of the Boeing 737 MAX. Thus far, our review shows no systematic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft. Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action. In the course of our urgent review of data on the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash, if any issues affecting the continued airworthiness of the aircraft are identified, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action. “