The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday issued an advisory to Boeing 737 MAX operators after a Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines' aircraft crashed minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing 157 people, including four Indians on board.
This is for the second time in less than five months that a Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane crashed. In October 2018, an aircraft operated by Lion Air crashed, killing over 180 people in Indonesia.
In an advisory to B737 MAX operators after Ethiopia crash, the DGCA said: "This is the second fatal accident to B-737 max aircraft within a span of five months. At present, two Indian carriers, SpiceJet (12 aircraft) and Jet Airways (five aircraft) have these aircraft."
Aviation regulator DGCA has issued a circular for additional actions and said it will continue to closely monitor the situation and may impose or take any other operational or maintenance measures or restrictions based on the information received from accident investigation agency/FAA/Boeing.
"The operators have been directed to ensure that no B-737–8 MAX aircraft in their fleet is operated without compliance of above, effective from 1200 hrs on 12th March 2019," the DGCA said in its statement.
Jet Airways has placed orders for 225 737 MAX planes with Boeing and some have already been delivered. SpiceJet too has a deal with Boeing for up to 205 aircraft, including at least 155 737 MAX 8 planes.
The fuel-efficient 737 MAX is the fastest-selling plane in Boeing's history. The plane-maker has accumulated nearly 4,700 orders from more than 100 customers worldwide.
The DGCA will seek information about the aircraft from Boeing as well as both the domestic carriers.
After the crash in Ethiopia on Sunday, Boeing said it was deeply saddened to learn of the death of the passengers and crew on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 plane.
"A Boeing technical team will be travelling to the crash site to provide technical assistance under the direction of the Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau and US National Transportation Safety Board," Boeing said in a statement.