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Boeing 737 MAX planes: DGCA to soon issue safety instructions for domestic carriers

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

regulator DGCA will soon issue additional safety instructions on 737 MAX planes for domestic airlines in the wake of the crash of an in that killed 157 people, a senior said Monday.

Earlier in the day, another senior said the civil ministry would discuss with the DGCA on action that needs to be taken regarding 737 MAX planes being operated in

With full-service carrier and operating 737 MAX planes, the DGCA had decided to seek information about the from as well as the two domestic carriers.

This is for the second time in less than five months that a 737 MAX 8 plane crashed. In October 2018, an operated by crashed killing over 180 people in

A senior DGCA said the regulator is reviewing "safety issues" post accident of 737 MAX plane in on Sunday.

"The DGCA shall issue additional safety instructions tonight or tomorrow morning in this regard for Indian operators," the official added.

Earlier, a senior civil ministry official told it would discuss with the DGCA on the action that needs to be taken with regard to 737 MAX aircraft.

has placed orders for 225 737 MAX planes with Boeing and some have already been delivered.

SpiceJet, which has embarked on ambitious expansion plans, has a deal with Boeing for up to 205 aircraft, including at least 155 737 MAX 8 planes.

The two airlines did not offer any immediate comments regarding the MAX planes.

The 737 MAX is the fastest selling airplane in Boeing's history.

Currently, has 13 737 MAX 8 planes and has 8 such aircraft in their fleets, as per data available with website.

On Sunday, 157 people, including four Indians, were killed when a Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines' 737 MAX aircraft crashed after taking off from

In the wake of the incident, various jurisdictions and airlines have initiated actions, including grounding of the 737 MAX aircraft. The Civil Aviation Administration of has asked its local carriers to stop commercial flights with 737 MAX 8 planes and has grounded its fleet of such aircraft.

Last December, the DGCA asked Jet Airways and to immediately report any "abnormal" issues related to the MAX plane's Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), following the crash.

MCAS is a kind of stall-recovery system that is used in MAX aircraft and generally alerts the pilot in case there is stalling of the plane or fall in speed, among others.

Prior to that, the DGCA, in November 2018, asked the two carriers to take corrective action to address possible issues with their 737 MAX planes that could lead to "significant altitude loss" of the aircraft.

After the crash in Ethiopia, Boeing, on Sunday, said it was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew on Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 airplane.

"A Boeing technical team will be travelling to the to provide technical assistance under the direction of the Accident Investigation Bureau and US National Transportation Safety Board," the said in a statement.

"The 737 MAX is the fastest selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating nearly 4,700 orders from more than 100 customers, worldwide," according to Boeing website.

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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 17:19 IST