• The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has decided to ground Boeing 737 Max 8 planes till appropriate modifications and safety measures are taken. Several other countries have also decided ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes.
• The decision comes in the backdrop of the recent Ethopian Airlines crash.
• On 10 March 2019, A 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines had crashed near Addis Ababa killing 157 people.
Highlights of the safety measures
• Recently, DGCA have issued safety guidelines for the operation of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
• Pilots should have at least 1,000 hours of flying experience to command these planes.
• Engineering departments have been instructed not to release the planes for operations in case of dual failure of autopilot, faults in spoiler system.
• Stringent checks of the aircraft’s autopilot and stall management systems during long-transit stays.
About Directorate General of Civil Aviation
• Directorate General of Civil Aviation is an attached office of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
• It is the regulatory body in the field of Civil Aviation primarily dealing with safety issues
Mains Paper 3: Economy
Prelims level: Boeing 737 MAX