After United Kingdom, China, Germany, France and several other countries banned flying of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, India has also decided to ground the aircraft, till further orders.
“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. 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,” the aviation ministry said in a late night tweet
The aviation ministry’s order came on Tuesday after the deadly Ethiopian air tragedy on Sunday killed all 157 people on board. China, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Australia and Brazil and others had announced bans on Monday, one day after the crash.
SpiceJet and troubled Jet Airways are the only two airlines operating the Boeing 737 MAX. The grounding of these aircrafts will lead to cancellations and increase fares further in the domestic sector.