India had on Tuesday grounded all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes.(Reuters file photo)
The Civil aviation ministry has called an emergency meeting of all airlines at 4 pm today over the grounding of Boeing 737-Max planes. The meeting is to discuss the situation where the Boeing 737-Max aircraft are to fly back to India or go to maintenance facility for parking.
Ahead of the meeting, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has banned Boeing 737-Max planes from the Indian airspace. A statement by DGCA said, “Additionally no B737 Max aircraft will be allowed to enter or transit the Indian airspace effective 1600hrs Indian time or 1030 UTC.”
It further said that the timeline was to cater to situations where aircraft can be positioned at maintenance facilities and international flights can reach their destinations.
Early on Wednesday morning, the DGCA issued a 4pm deadline for all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in India to be grounded. The move comes days after a similar aircraft of an Ethiopian airlines crashed killing 157 people.india