DGCA Issues Additional Safety Instructions For Flying Boeing 737 MAX Planes
The Boeing Co. 737 Max 9 jetliner stands at the company’s manufacturing facility in Renton, Washington, U.S. (Photographer: David Ryder/Bloomberg)

DGCA Issues Additional Safety Instructions For Flying Boeing 737 MAX Planes

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Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Monday issued additional safety instructions to SpiceJet and Jet Airways for operating Boeing 737 MAX planes.

The pilot commanding the aircraft should have at least 1,000 hours of flying experience, according to the DGCA directions. Minimum co-pilot experience to fly Boeing 737 will be 500 hours.

A day after a 737 MAX aircraft crashed in Ethiopia killing 157 people, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said interim safety measures are being taken with inputs available at this stage.

“The DGCA will continue to closely monitor the situation and may impose/take any other operational/maintenance measures/restrictions based on the information received from accident investigation agency/FAA/Boeing,” the regulator said in a statement.

The watchdog has also asked the airlines to ensure various requirements are complied with by engineering and maintenance personnel with respect to 737 MAX planes.

The operators have to ensure that no B737 8 MAX aircraft in their fleet is operated without compliance with DGCA's latest directions with effect from 1200 hours on March 12, the statement said.

Also read: Boeing in Crisis After Second 737 Max Crash in Months

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