Sunday, March 10, 2019

Second Boeing 737 Max crash: India seeks info from Boeing

New Delhi: India has sought information from Boeing after a second B737 Max crashed on Sunday. While on Sunday an Ethiopian Airlines B737 crashed in Africa, just over four months back on October 29, 2018, Indonesian carrier Lion Air's B737 Max had crashed into the Java Sea killing all 189 people on board.

In India, SpiceJet and Jet Airways have ordered Boeing 737 Max. While several of Jet's planes, including its B737 Max, are grounded, SpiceJet is currently operating 13 B737 Max.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) chief B S Bhullar told TOI: "A Boeing 737 Max aircraft flown by Ethiopian Airlines has crashed. Our two airlines (Jet Airways and SpiceJet having these aircraft)and DGCA officials are in touch with Boeing for information. Further safety measures if required shall follow that."

After the Lion Air crash, the DGCA had asked SpiceJet and Jet to take corrective action after the US Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing issued their own circulars.
The DGCA had a day after the Lion Air crash reviewed the performance of the six B737 Max with Indian carriers, Jet Airways and SpiceJet. It had then said that "there are no significant technical issues encountered on these aircraft.”
10/03/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India