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India bans B737s, US won't ground them

IANS  |  New Delhi/Mumbai 

announced that all aircraft will stop operating in the country from 4 p.m. on Wednesday but the US regulator questioned the global grounding of the fleet after an Ethiopian crash.

"No Max aircraft will be allowed to enter or transit the Indian airspace effective 1600 hours," the Ministry of Civil tweeted.

This came as a clarification and in continuation to its late Tuesday decision when the Ministry had tweeted: "DGCA (of Civil Aviation) has taken the decision to ground 737-MAX planes immediately."

The Ministry added on Wednesday: "B737Max operations will stop from or to all Indian airports. Additionally, no Max aircraft will be allowed to enter or transit the Indian airspace effective 1600 hours Indian time or 1030 UTC."

The directive came close on the heels of a global grounding of fleet following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines' MAX flight on Sunday killing all 157 people on board.

joined the UK, Singapore, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Italy, and the EU nations in the grounding.

On Tuesday, the US regulator (FAA) said that no systematic performance issues have been found with 737-Max aircraft to justify the global grounding.

"The FAA continues to review extensively all available data and aggregate safety performance from operators and pilots of the Max. Thus far, our review shows no systematic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft," the regulator said.

"Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action. In the course of our urgent review of data on the Ethiopian Flight 302 crash, if any issues affecting the continued airworthiness of the aircraft are identified, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action."

In India, and operate 17 MAX aircraft -- Spice (12) and Jet (5).

On its part, said: "Consequent to the regulatory directive on the MAX, has already initiated grounding of its MAX fleet.

"In order to cause least inconvenience to its passengers and also bring these aircraft to its maintenance base, we expect to complete this exercise on or before 4 p.m. today."

SpiceJet has announced cancellation of 14 flights.

"Of the 76 planes in our fleet, 64 aircraft are in operation and we are confident of minimizing the inconvenience to our passengers and attain normalcy in our operations," the said.



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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 14:24 IST