28 MARCH 2022


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Article from BTNews 28 MARCH 2022

Extra measures for Boeing 737s

All Boeing 737s operating in India have been placed under ‘enhanced surveillance’ after one of the aircraft type crashed in China. The Indian aviation regulator says it has sent out teams ‘to monitor flight procedures, air worthiness and operations’, according to a report by the BBC.

The move comes after a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 crashed in southern China with 132 people on board. Rescue teams have been working at the site but it is not yet known what caused the crash last Monday.

The aircraft was flying from Kunming to Guangzhou when it crashed, prompting China Eastern Airlines to ground all its 737-800s. Arun Kumar, chief of India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, is reported as having 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.”

India’s SpiceJet, Vistara and Air India Express all have Boeing 737 aircraft in their fleets.

There are 4,208 Boeing 737-800 passenger aircraft in service, with more than a quarter of them based in China, according to aviation analytics firm Cirium.



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