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Is Boeing 737 MAX 8 safe for flying? Here's what experts have to say

Updated : March 12, 2019 23:01:31 IST

After the deadly crash of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 on Sunday, several airlines have taken a decision to either ground the Boeing aircraft or ensure safety measures are taken up. This is for the second Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane crashed in less than five months. In October 2018, an aircraft operated by Lion Air crashed killing over 180 people in Indonesia.

The global fleet of Boeing 737 MAX planes has reduced by 42 percent after the second deadly crash of the aircraft in Ethiopian Airlines’ ET 302 accident spooked operators. The reduction of MAX fleet by 157 planes is set to cause flight cancellations and disruption in aviation space as airlines will look to substitute these MAX planes with other options, which is seldom easy.

In the latest development, the UK, Germany, France and Oman have barred MAX planes from entering their airspace. Malaysia has also asked airlines not to operate MAX planes to or from its airports. As per data collected from aircraft tracking website planespotters and airlines, 157 Boeing 737 MAX-8 planes have been taken out of service temporarily by 28 airlines across 18 nations.

To discuss this CNBC-TV18 spoke to Satyendra Pandey, aviation expert; Sanat Kaul, chairman of IFFAAD; Ajay Awtaney, Editor of livefromlounge.com and Mohan Ranganathan, air safety consultant.
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