DGCA bars Boe­ing 737 MAX 8 af­ter global alarm

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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

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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.

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