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DGCA Reports Completion of Inspection for 40 B737 Max Planes Regarding Loose Hardware

  • Posted on January 9, 2024
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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) confirmed the inspection of 40 Boeing 737 Max planes owned by Indian carriers like Akasa Air, Air India Express, and SpiceJet. Only one aircraft required rectification due to a missing washer. The inspections aim to ensure safety per Boeing's recommendations.

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) declared the completion of a meticulous inspection process encompassing 40 Boeing 737 Max planes. These examinations aimed at identifying potential instances of loose hardware, a critical safety concern in aviation.

The inspected aircraft belong to domestic carriers, namely Akasa Air, Air India Express, and SpiceJet, collectively housing the fleet of 40 Boeing 737 Max planes. DGCA's proactive approach came after Boeing issued advisories necessitating a comprehensive, one-time inspection of all Boeing 737 Max aircraft before January 10.

This proactive measure was triggered by information received about a missing nut and washer in the Aft Rudder Quadrant of one of these planes. Despite the absence of any safety incidents linked to these occurrences, the inspections were carried out as a precautionary measure to ensure the airworthiness of the aircraft.

A senior official from the DGCA affirmed that among the scrutinized planes, 39 displayed no concerning issues. However, in one instance, a missing washer was discovered, prompting immediate rectification. The necessary corrective actions were swiftly implemented in line with Boeing's recommendations before releasing the specific aircraft for service.

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The official also emphasized the meticulousness of the inspection process and assured that the remaining aircraft would undergo similar comprehensive checks before being deemed airworthy. This stringent adherence to safety protocols aligns with international aviation standards and the directives set forth by Boeing.

The inspections conducted by DGCA were independent of any incidents involving other carriers operating the same aircraft model. The primary objective was to preemptively address any potential safety vulnerabilities associated with loose hardware, reinforcing the commitment to passenger safety within Indian airspace.

The assurance from DGCA regarding the completion of inspections and the rectification process instills confidence in the safety measures taken by these carriers. It reflects a proactive stance in ensuring compliance with aviation safety standards and prioritizing passenger well-being aboard these aircraft.

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