India’s aviation regulator stops 90 SpiceJet pilots from flying Boeing Max aircraft

BENGALURU- Indian budget carrier SpiceJet Ltd (SPJT.NS) said on Wednesday that the country’s aviation regulator has asked 90 of its pilots to refrain from flying Boeing 737 MAX planes until They are not taken back.

SpiceJet, which currently operates 11 MAX aircraft and has 144 pilots to fly them, said the pilots have been banned from operating the jet unless they are to the satisfaction of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). never get training again.

Indian media reported that the sanctions were imposed after flaws were found at a simulator facility near Delhi, where he received training for a Boeing jet.

A SpiceJet spokesperson said the pilots will remain available for other Boeing 737 aircraft and the restriction does not affect the operations of the Max.

The airline is Boeing’s largest customer in the South Asian country for Max planes.

“We are working closely with all parties, including our supplier and DGCA, to ensure that the maintenance and operation of this specific equipment complies with all regulatory requirements,” Boeing said in a statement.

“We are committed to ensuring that our customers receive a high quality simulation experience in accordance with all regulations.”

India’s air security watchdog DGCA Director General Arun Kumar said that the pilots need to be re-trained successfully and we will take strict action against those found responsible for the lapse.

In August, the regulator cleared the 737 MAX aircraft to fly after nearly two and a half years of regulatory grounding following two fatal crashes in 2019. Read more

As part of the terms of returning the aircraft to service, Boeing and regulators agreed to increase training for pilots to include simulator training.

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