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DGCA bars 90 SpiceJet pilots from flying Boeing 737 Max planes

New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has barred 90 SpiceJet pilots from flying Boeing 737 Max plane till they bear the required coaching, citing points with their simulator coaching.

“…we have barred these pilots from flying Max and they have to retrain successfully for flying MAX. We will take strict action against those found responsible for the lapse,” mentioned DGCA director Arun Kumar, with out specifying what the problems had been.

A spokesperson for the airline mentioned DGCA, the civil aviation regulator, “had [an] observation on the training profile” adopted by 90 Pilots. “…therefore, as per the advice of DGCA, SpiceJet has restricted 90 pilots from operating MAX aircraft until these pilots undergo retraining to the satisfaction of DGCA.” The spokesperson added these pilots proceed to stay obtainable for different Boeing 737 plane.

SpiceJet, which has 650 pilots educated for Boeing 737 MAX operations, is the one Indian airline to function them. It has 11 such plane in its fleet. Billionaire Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s Akasa Air, which plans to start operations this summer time, has ordered 72 Boeing 737 MAX plane.

The spokesperson mentioned the restriction is not going to impression 60 every day flight operations by MAX plane. “…144 pilots are required to operate these 11 aircraft. Of the 650 trained pilots on the MAX, 560 continue to remain available, which is much more than the current requirement,” the spokesperson mentioned.

Boeing 737 MAX resumed operations in December 2020 two years after they had been grounded after the 2018 Lion Air and 2019 Ethiopian Airlines crashes, which left 346 folks lifeless. A defective flight dealing with system meant to maintain the airplane from stalling because it ascends was blamed for the crashes. The automated system was discovered to have pushed the nostril of the airplane downwards.

Aviation authorities within the US later directed Boeing to revamp the planes and implement new coaching protocols for the pilots. The ban on Boeing 737 MAX was lifted in India in 2021.

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