DGCA bars Boeing 737 MAX 8 after global alarm
The manufacturer said it “did not have any basis to issue a fresh guidance to operators”.
According to reports, the Malaysian government is considering a review its order of 25 Boeing 737 MAX 8 for its flagship Malaysia Airlines.
Airlines ground planes
Three Latin American airlines - Aero Mexico, Aerolineas, GOL - as well as Icelandair, Oman Air, Turkish Airlines, Morocco’s Royal Air Maroc, South Korean Airline Eastar Jet, announced that they were suspending operations of the Boeing 737 MAX 8s.
An Indian pilot who flies the Boeing 737 MAX 8, spoke to on the condition of anonymity, to say: “I am fatalistic. Pilots don’t have a choice and need to fly the plane to keep their job, but I feel sorry for passengers, who may be unaware of the safety concerns.”
He added that airlines
continuing to fly the aircraft were “turning a blind eye” to safety.
Earlier in the day, SpiceJet had played down safety concerns with aircraft. “The Boeing 737 MAX 8 is a highly sophisticated aircraft. It has flown hundreds of thousands of hours globally and some of the world’s largest airlines are flying this aircraft,” it said in its statement.
No data yet: FAA
United State’s regulatory body Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) informed international aviation authorities that it doesn’t have data to “draw any conclusions or take any actions”, according to media reports.
“Boeing must act quickly to identify whether there is indeed a technical issue and if there is, fix it swiftly to avoid a potential rash of cancelled orders that will play into the hands of its closest competitors,” analytics firm GlobalData urged in a statement.