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DGCA Sets India’s Boeing 737 Fleets On ‘Enhanced Surveillance’ Following China’s Crash

After China Eastern Airlines aircraft made of Boeing crashed on Monday killing 132 passengers, DGCA has set the Boeing 737 fleets of Indian carriers on “enhanced surveillance”.

India has three carriers made of Boeing 737 — Vistaar, Air India ans SpiceJet.

When questioned about what has been done following Monday’s crash the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) chief Arun Kumar said, “Flight safety is serious business and we are closely studing the situation. In the interim, we are focusing on enhanced surveillance of our 737 fleet.”

On Monday, a Boeing 737-800 China Eastern Airlines aircraft on its way to Guangzhou from Kunming crashed in Wuzhou of Tenqxian country. The accident killed 123 passengers and 9 crew members.

Reportedly, there were no foreigners in the flight that crashed.

Boeing 737 Max aircraft is a high level variant of Boeing 737-800 and both are of 737 series. The US-based aircraft producer Boeing didn’t answer PTI’s demand for a statement regarding the situation.

In six months between October 2018 and March 2019 two Boeing 737 Max aircraft met accidents which killed total 346 people. Following these two accidents, the DGCA had prohibited Boeing 737 Max planes in India from March 2019.

However, the Boeing had made required software rectifications to satisfy DGCA, after which the prohibition was lifted from aircraft’s commercial operations in India in August, 2021.

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