737 Max: India to conduct own safety tests
New Delhi: India has decided to allow the Boeing 737 Max to fly in its skies again, but only after rigorous testing of the aircraft. About 400 of these aircraft were grounded globally this March after 346 people were killed in two crashes. In India, 13 SpiceJet B737 Max aircraft are grounded; the airline is the only Indian customer for these planes.
“Even after the US Federal Aviation Administration gives the nod for these planes to fly again, India will conduct its own checks. These planes are unlikely to start flying again in India this year,” a senior Directorate General of Civil Aviation official said on Friday.
A Boeing spokesman said it “continues to work with global regulators and our airline customers as they determine training requirements in their home market.”