New Delhi: Terming the grounding of Dreamliner aircrafts as a precautionary measure, aviation experts in India on Thursday, said that the government is following what other countries have done in the wake repeated technical problems.
All six of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft operated by Air India have been grounded after the United States of America, Europe and Japan took similar decision following the second incident involving battery failure caused one of the Dreamliner passenger jets to make an emergency landing in Japan.
Kanu Gohain, former director of the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation), said that grounding was the first step to tackle any repeated safety problems in an airline.
"This is the usual practice. Whenever aeroplanes are having repeated technical problems, impinging into safety, the reasons for such technical problems have to be first analysed, reviewed and degree of safety has to be introduced and then only normal operations can be resumed," said Gohain.
Harshvardhan, an aviation expert, said: "I think it's more of a precautionary step and Boeing has to address these issues so India is only following what others have done. So, I would rather believe that it's more of an abundant precautionary step, which FAA and DGCA have taken," said Harshvardhan.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Wednesday 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.
Following on the footsteps of the FAA, Union Aviation Minister Ajit Singh directed the country's aviation watchdog the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to ground all the Dreamliners.
"What FAA has said is they have issued an advisory worldwide to ground all 787's until they can prove batteries are safe. So, basically what they are saying is that they will check all the systems on all planes because of this battery and I have directed the DGCA to ground all the Dreamliners here also, said Singh.
The aviation minister also said that Boeing would need to get a clearance from the FAA and the DGCA before hitting the runway again.
It is the first such action against a U.S.-made passenger plane since the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 was grounded in 1979 after a deadly crash in Chicago.