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After second crash in 5 months, India bans Boeing's 737 Max 8 aircraft

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 12, 2019, 11.45 PM (IST)

India has grounded all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. 

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation said late Tuesday that it had banned the aircraft from flying in light of the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday which killed all 157 people, including four Indians, on board. 

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This was the second Boeing 737 Max 8 crash in less than five months. 

On October 29 last year, a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft belonging to the Indonesian carrier Lion Air had crashed into the Java Sea about 12 minutes after taking off from Jakarta. 

The Ethiopian Airlines plane, which had been en route to Nairobi, had crashed about six minutes after taking off from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. 

"We are likely to ban the use of 737 Max 8 by Indian airlines... The discussions are ongoing," PTI had quoted a DGCA official as saying earlier on Tuesday. 

SpiceJet currently has around 12 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in its fleet, while Jet Airways has five, which are currently grounded.

(With inputs from PTI)
 

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The DGCA said late Tuesday that it had banned the aircraft in light of the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday which killed all 157 people, including four Indians, on board.