Why DGCA has ordered Spicejet’s 737 fleet to be examined

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered inspections for cracks on a portion of SpiceJet’s Boeing 737 fleet following a similar move from United State’s Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) to conduct checks for structural cracks on a portion of the Boeing 737 fleet operating in the country, a senior DGCA¬†official told Mint.

The Indian civil aviation regulator will carry out inspections for structural cracks on about 23 Boeing 737 planes, including both passenger and freight planes, operated by the airline, the official said requesting anonymity.

“If the planes are found to be in order, aircraft will be released. Else, these planes will be grounded till they are repaired,” the official added.

Reuters had on 27 September reported that the FAA would require operators of some Boeing 737 NG jetliners to conduct inspections for structural cracks and make repairs as needed following the discovery of cracks on a small number of planes.


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