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India grounds Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft with immediate effect

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The of Civil (DGCA) on Tuesday decided to ground the controversial Max 8 aircraft with immediate effect. The move comes after an Ethiopian plane crashed on Sunday killing 157 people on board.

The Ministry of Civil (MoCA) said the planes will be grounded until appropriate modifications and safety measures are undertaken to ensure their safe operations.

"As always, passenger safety remains our top priority. We continue to consult closely with regulators around the world, airlines, and aircraft manufacturers to ensure passenger safety," a statement by MoCA said.

Civil Minister has directed the to hold an emergency meeting with all to prepare contingency plans.

"to hold an emergency meeting with all to prepare a contingency plan to avoid inconvenience to passengers. While passenger safety is a zero tolerance issue, efforts are already on to minimise the impact on passenger movement as their convenience is important," Prabhu said in a tweet.

Earlier on Tuesday, said the is in touch with Boeing and the (FAA) and is monitoring the "Boeing situation very closely".

On Sunday, all 157 people on board lost their lives when 737 MAX 8 jet, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, crashed a few minutes after takeoff from

The black box has since been recovered as investigators scurry to establish any links between the latest crash and last year's crash, which involved a Boeing jet of the same make.

Aviation authorities in Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, and have also temporarily suspended MAX services.

As many as 189 people were killed in October last year, when a jet - a Boeing737 MAX 8 - crashed in the Sea, close to Jakarta,

Most of the countries and carriers where the said jets are being used have taken precautions following the tragic

crashes. Earlier, issued a statement stating that it will continue to fly MAX, which it called "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," the organisation said.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 00:41 IST