As we all know, the central government grounded all Boeing 737 Max planes in the country after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max plane on 10 March 2019.
Boeing 737 Max unbanned on April 21
National aviation regulator from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), on Tuesday issued an order allowing foreign-registered Boeing 737 Max aircraft which was banned until in India since 2019, to fly over the Indian skies after taking its permission.
“Moreover, foreign lessors are allowed to fly their grounded 737 Max aircraft out of India after taking the regulator’s permission” the DGCA said in its order, adding that it would issue special flight permits specifically to fly 737 Max plane.
In 2019, the central government banned all Boeing 737 Max planes which where flown inside the nation after the following the crash of an Ethiopian airways 737 Max aircraft on March 10 close to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in which 157 people had been killed, along with 4 Indians.
Again after 5 Months there was an other crash. In October 2018, a 737 Max plane operated with the aid of Lion Air crashed in Indonesia killing 180 people.
On the 737 Max aircraft, the European Union’s Aviation Safety Agency expressed concerns about the requirements of pilot training in addition to on malfunction of the “angle of attack” system which triggered about an anti-stall system connected to the aforementioned two crashes.
“This order applies to all persons operating the Boeing Company Model 737-8 and Boeing Company Model 737-9 airplanes in the territory of Republic of India, and to Indian/ foreign operators permitted by India to conduct flights with Boeing Company Model 737-8 and Boeing Company Model 737-9 airplanes,” the DGCA said.
The regulator said that the ban imposed in 13 March 2019, would not apply to the foreign-registered 737 Max plane that wants to overfly on the Indian Skies. However, such an aircraft must have permissions from the Regulatory Authority of the State of Registry as well as the DGCA.
On March 13, 2019, budget carrier SpiceJet had to ground 12 Max planes, forcing it to cancel a significant amount of airplanes on that day as well as on the next day. Jet Airways also had five Max planes in its fleet but they were already grounded as due to non-payment of dues to lessors. A month later, the full-service carrier had shut down its operations due to a lack of funds.
In March 2019, the 737 Max plane was banned by the regulators of several countries, including India. “This Order supersedes the Order No. DGCA-15018(21)/9/2018-DAS dated 13th March 2019, regarding operation of Boeing 737 Max aircraft,” the DGCA order said.
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