The country’s air safety regulator added that a previous review found “no significant concern” after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday (10) (Photo: SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images).


INDIA’S Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) yesterday (11) ordered new maintenance checks on Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft operating in the country.

The country’s air safety regulator added that a previous review found “no significant concern” after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday (10).

The DGCA has asked Indian carriers to ensure that pilots have 1,000 hours and co-pilots 500 hours of flying experience on the 737 MAX 8.

India’s low cost air service provider SpiceJet has 12 737 MAX 8 planes.

The DGCA said its interim safety measures have been communicated to Boeing and the US regulator Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for any additional advice.

Meanwhile, India’s cash crunch hit Jet Airways said on Monday (11) that it is not operating any of the five Boeing 737 MAX in its fleet.

Jet Airway’s statement has come amid aviation regulator DGCA’s order for new maintenance checks.

Jet Airways and SpiceJet are the only two domestic carriers that have 737 MAX planes in their fleet.

In a statement, Jet Airways said it has five Boeing 737 MAX planes in its fleet “but is currently not flying any of these aircraft”.