DGCA Orders Checks After Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737 Max 9 Raises Safety Concerns

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New Delhi, 8th January 2024: On January 5, Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737 Max 9 experienced a mid-air emergency, leading to the captain making a swift emergency landing. The incident unfolded when a malfunction in the cabin door was detected during the flight, causing heightened tension among passengers and an increase in cabin pressure. Prioritizing the safety of those on board, the captain executed the emergency landing to avert potential risks.

In response to this alarming event, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued safety instructions to several airlines, including Alaska Airlines, to ensure the well-being of passengers and the proper functioning of aircraft systems.

DGCA’s Safety Directives:
The DGCA, on January 6, 2024, issued specific instructions to operators of Boeing 737 Max 8 flights. The directive mandates a thorough check of emergency exits and over-wings before every take-off to prevent any potential recurrence of cabin-related issues. This precautionary measure aims to address concerns and enhance the overall safety of flights operating Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.

Airlines Affected:
The airlines instructed to comply with the safety directive include Air India Express, SpiceJet, and Akasa, all of which operate Boeing 737 Max 8 planes. Air India Express has been directed to check four planes, while SpiceJet and Akasa have been instructed to assess eight and twenty planes, respectively.