Mumbai, Mar 13: India has banned Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft used by the country's airlines after the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people. SpiceJet Airlines Company has 12 of '737 Max 8' planes and Jet Airways Company have 5 Planes.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation tweeted, "DGCA has taken the decision to ground the Boeing 737-MAX planes immediately. These 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," it added.
On Sunday, a 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed near Addis Ababa killing 157 people, including four Indians. This was second such crash involving the 737 MAX 8 aircraft in less than five months. In October last year, an aircraft operated by Lion Air crashed killing over 180 people in Indonesia.
European Union and many countries across the world have already banned the use of 737 Max 8 aircraft in their respective airspace.