After host of countries across the world did it, the Indian authorities have also now decided to ground the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircrafts apart from banning it from Indian airspace from 4 pm today.
The Aviation watchdog of the country, DGCA, stated that these aircraft will also be grounded in India by 4 pm.
This comes three days after an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed, killing 157 people including four Indians.
Among Indian carriers, SpiceJet has 13 jets of the model 8 variant in its 76-strong fleet while Jet Airways has five. Both airlines have suspended the operation of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets after the DGCA or Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s decision.
The planes in India will stay grounded until modifications and safety measures are taken, the Civil Aviation Ministry had announced last evening.
Of the top 10 countries by air passenger travel, all but the United States and Japan have halted flights of the 737 MAX.