India is the latest country to join Europe in making its own validation of Boeing 737 MAX. The checks will include simulator training for all pilots before the aircraft are allowed to fly in India again.
After European regulators announced that they will call for checks on the Boeing 737 Max earlier this week, India has joined in and announced today that checks are to be performed before allowing the aircraft in the country, reports Skift.com.
Why does India want to perform its own checks?
The decision of the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation comes after two fatal crashes prompted regulators around the world to ground the aircraft until further checks.
The two crashes took place on October 29, 2018, and March 10, 2019, and involved Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, respectively. In total. 346 passengers lost their lives.
Following the crashes, aviation regulators grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in March 2019. Both crashes occurred because pilots lost control to automated commands that were recently introduced by Boeing.
What is to be expected from the Indian checks?
Indian regulators decided to perform its own checks after the FAA declared that the Boeing 737 MAX is fit to fly.
Despite the decision of the US regulators, the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation will go on with checks and doesn’t expect the aircraft to be allowed to fly in the country at least until 2020.
According to Skift.com, there were no replies from a representative for India’s civil aviation ministry regarding the decision.
India is one of the biggest buyers of the 737 aircraft, with SpiceJet, the second-biggest airline in the country having 205 on order.
What is Boeing’s position on the 737 MAX groundings?
Boeing has significant losses after the crashes, and the company reported the largest ever quarterly loss in July. The company lost $2.9 bn. in the three months before July, and the plane has become the most costly in the history of the company.
Until the crashes, it was the best-selling aircraft manufactured by Boeing, but even though the plane has been cleared by the US regulators, Boeing could halt its production, according to chief executive Dennis Muilenburg, quoted by The Guardian.
India takes the safe route in making its own checks regarding the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX following the two crashes that resulted in the grounding of the aircraft around the world. The decision comes later than expected, and Indian regulators don’t expect to clear the aircraft for flying in the country before the end of the year.