China plane crash: DGCA puts Indian carriers’ Boeing 737 fleets on ‘enhanced surveillance’
A China Eastern Airlines jetliner carrying 132 people crashed in the mountains in southern China’s Guangxi region on Monday afternoon. Rescue efforts are underway at the scene of the crash, but there were no immediate details on the possible cause or the number of casualties.
After this incident, The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has put the Boeing 737 fleets of Indian carriers on “enhanced surveillance”.
The three Indian carriers: SpiceJet, Vistara and Air India Express have Boeing 737 aircraft in their fleets.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said “Flight safety is serious business and we are closely studying the situation. In the interim, we are focusing on enhanced surveillance of our 737 fleet.”
Two Boeing 737 Max aircraft were involved in accidents in the six month period between October 2018 and March 2019, killing a total of 346 people. Following these two accidents, the DGCA had banned Boeing 737 Max planes in India in March 2019.
After necessary software rectifications the ban on the aircraft’s commercial operations was lifted after 27 months in August last year.