The DGCA investigates an engine problem in the SpiceJet 737 Max plane – The New Indian Express

Through Express news service

NEW DELHI: Aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) opened an investigation into Thursday’s incident in which SpiceJet’s Max plane made an emergency landing at the Mumbai Airport after one of its engines encountered a technical problem.

The aircraft, which bears the registration number VT-MXE, will remain on the ground until cleared by the DGCA.

The DGCA has asked the airline, aircraft manufacturer Boeing and engine manufacturer CFM to join the investigation and provide all information regarding the problem that occurred on Thursday.

This investigation and these technical issues come less than a month after SpiceJet restarted operations of its Boeing 737 MAX after a gap of about two and a half years.

Boeing as well as SpiceJet suffered a major setback in March 2019 when aviation regulators around the world, including India, began grounding 737 MAX jets following their involvement in two fatal crashes that resulted in 346 dead.

Any risk to the proper functioning of the 737 represents a significant risk for Boeing and SpiceJet.

The loss-making transporter had recently said that the return of the Max would be a game-changer for them, as it is 20% more “fuel efficient”.

As for US aerospace company Boeing, which has made the necessary software fixes in Max planes to get a green signal from regulators around the world, any obstruction on the plane could jeopardize its aggressive sales pitch to airlines.

While SpiceJet is currently the only Indian carrier to use Max planes, billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala Akasa recently ordered 72 such planes.

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