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Debris after the crash at Bishoftu near Addis Ababa on Sunday.
Debris after the crash at Bishoftu near Addis Ababa on Sunday.

DGCA to review safety measures after crash of Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 737 MAX plane

ANI | Updated: Mar 11, 2019 17:10 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar 11 (ANI): The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on Monday it is reviewing safety issues relating to Boeing 737 MAX planes after a Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines' aircraft crashed after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing 157 people, including four Indians on board.
The aviation regulator will issue additional safety instructions in this regard for Indian operators, a senior official said.
Jet Airways has placed orders for 225 737 MAX planes with Boeing and some have already been delivered. SpiceJet too has a deal with Boeing for up to 205 aircraft, including at least 155 737 MAX 8 planes.
The fuel-efficient 737 MAX is the fastest-selling plane in Boeing's history. The plane-maker has accumulated nearly 4,700 orders from more than 100 customers worldwide.
The DGCA will seek information about the aircraft from Boeing as well as both the domestic carriers.
After the crash in Ethiopia on Sunday, Boeing said it was deeply saddened to learn of the death of the passengers and crew on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 plane.
"A Boeing technical team will be travelling to the crash site to provide technical assistance under the direction of the Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau and US National Transportation Safety Board," Boeing said in a statement.
However, the Civil Aviation Administration of China asked its local carriers to stop commercial flights with 737 MAX 8 planes. Similarly, Ethiopian Airlines has grounded its fleet of such aircraft.
This is for the second time in less than five months that a Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane crashed. In October 2018, an aircraft operated by Lion Air crashed killing over 180 people in Indonesia. (ANI)