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India grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Tuesday decided to ground the controversial Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft with immediate effect.

The move comes after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday killing 157 people on board.

These planes will be grounded till appropriate modification and safety measures are undertaken to ensure their safe operations.

Aviation Minister Suresh Prabu directed the Civil Aviation secretary to hold emergency meeting with all airlines to prepare a contingency plan to avoid inconvenience to passengers.

The Aviation Minister said that while passenger safety is a zero tolerance issue, efforts are already on to minimise the impact on passenger movement as their convenience is important. The ministry continue to consult closely with regulators around the world, airlines, and aircraft manufacturers to ensure passenger safety.

Almost all the major countries including China, Indonesia, Ethiopia, UK, South Africa, Australia so far grounded Boeing 737 max aircraft. (UPDATED ON MARCH 12TH, 2019)