Boeing 737 Max 8 has been banned by Indian and America along with 50 countries from around the world. This call was taken after the second crash of the plane recently this week killing 157 passengers on board
The Boeing airplane that crashed three days earlier in Ethiopia took life of 157 passengers along with 4 Indians on board. Several countries along with India and America have called for the ban of the airplane.
The DGCA took the decision of banning the airplane which is the best seller US-based plane maker for passenger safety, post crash of the same model in Ethiopia this week.
“No B737 Max aircraft will be allowed to enter or transit Indian airspace effective 1600hrs IST or 1030 UTC. The time line is to cater to situations where aircraft can be positioned at maintenance facilities & international flights can reach their destinations (sic),” the Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a tweet.
Spice Jet and Jet Airlines are the highest owners of this model of airplane and will incur heavy loss after the ban. India has enforced the banning decision today from 4 pm IST.
On the other hand, US President, Donald Trump spoke to the media before FAA and announced the ban of all Boeing 737 Max jets models in the country.
“I didn’t want to take any chances. We didn’t have to make this decision today,” Trump said.
“We could have delayed it. We maybe didn’t have to make it at all. But I felt it was important both psychologically and in a lot of other ways,” reported CNN.
Trump said his decision is fact based but partially influenced with regard to the mental well-being of American travelers.
“The safety of the American people, of all people, is our paramount concern,” he added.
Of the total fleet of 370 Boeing 737 Max, 74 are flown by US airlines which includes different airlines in US.
India also owns 64 such airplanes which are flown mostly by Spice Jet and Jet Airways.
Joining the ban, Mexico also announced grounding 737 Boeing on Wednesday after few hours of US banning the same.
The General Directorate of Civil Aviation said they were banned until further notice to “guarantee the safety and confidence” of aircraft flying in Mexican airspace.
South Korea, Thailand, India, China, the European Union, the UK, Canada and Australia also announced banning of the airplane.
Meanwhile, the black boxes from the Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 has arrived to Paris for analysis today morning, this will enlighten us on the reason why Nairobi-bound aircraft crashed six minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa.
The French Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) will conduct the investigation into the recorders but a spokesman for the bureau said they wouldn’t be announcing the results.
“Only the Ethiopian authorities will report on the progress of the investigation. There will be no press conference,” a BEA spokesman told CNN.
This was the second crash of the same type of plane. The first one was reported five months back when a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 plunged into the Java Sea just within few minutes of takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia. The Lion air crash also took life of 189 passengers on board. Both the Boeing which crashed, were new and was delivered just a month before their fatal crush.