Boeing liable to compensate Air India: Ajit Singh

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 13:20 hrs

Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said on Friday that Boeing is liable to compensate Air India for the grounding six of 787 Dreamliner passenger jets over safety issues.

"Yes, yes there will be some, but it's too early to discuss that. Let's first get some clarity, what the problem is, what it will take to resolve it, how long will it take and then we talk about all these things," Singh told the media here.

India grounded all six Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft operated by state-owned carrier Air India on Thursday after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made the same decision.

India joined Japan, Europe and the United States in grounding Drealiners, a day after a second incident involving battery failure caused one of the Dreamliner passenger jets to make an emergency landing.

Earlier on Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it would temporarily ground Boeing's newest commercial airliner and insisted airlines would have to demonstrate the lithium ion batteries were safe before they could resume flying. It gave no details on when that might happen.

The Civil Aviation Minister earlier directed the country's aviation watchdog the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to ground all the Dreamliners following on the footsteps of the FAA.

Ajit Singh yesterday said that Air India will not operate six Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets unless the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gives clearance to operate the aircrafts.

The aviation minister also said that Boeing would need to get clearance from the FAA and the DGCA before hitting the runway again.

"Boeing has to come up with a plan for FAA to test all their electrical systems and batteries and so when that plan comes up we will also test them. But basically first FAA has to approve that they are safe to fly," he added. (ANI)

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