March 13, 2019 / 12:59 PM / 3 months ago

India won't take deliveries of Boeing 737 MAX until safety concerns cleared

A passenger safety instruction card of Jet Airways Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane is pictured during its induction ceremony at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai, India, June 28, 2018. Picture taken June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Abhirup Roy/File Photo

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The Indian government has decided to bar Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from flying in Indian skies and will not take any deliveries of the narrowbody jet until safety concerns are cleared, an official from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said.

Boeing Co’s 737 MAX aircraft would not be allowed to enter or transit Indian airspace after 1030 GMT on Wednesday, the ministry of civil aviation said, following the fatal crash of a plane of the same type in Ethiopia on Sunday.

Two-thirds of the 737 MAX aircraft have been grounded globally, and Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told the BBC the world’s biggest planemaker should ground all such craft until their safety is established.

Reporting by Aditi Shah and Swati Bhat; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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