With the Directorate General of Civil Aviation discovering a missing part - a washer - on one of the Boeing 737 Max planes operated by Indian airlines during its inspection on Tuesday, American aerospace giant Boeing has issued a global call to inspect all 737 Max planes for 'possible loose hardware' within 24 hours.
According to data, Akasa Air (22), SpiceJet (9), and Air India Express (9 make up the Indian Boeing 737 MAX fleet of 40 planes. DGCA discovered the missing washer in only one of the 40 aircraft inspected during its examination.
Rectification action was conducted under Boeing guidelines prior to the release of this aircraft, according to the Hindustan Times, and inspection on the remaining aircraft will be completed before they are released for operation.
The DGCA announced on Monday that the inspection of operational Boeing 737-8 Max jets, which was required as a precautionary step following an incident involving an Akasa Airlines plane last week, had been completed.
"Air India Express (4), SpiceJet (8), and Akasa (20) performed these checks satisfactorily on the operational fleet of Boeing B737-8 Max aircraft." "The Akasa Air fleet includes one B737-8 200 aircraft with a mid-cabin door, which has also passed the operational check satisfactorily," the DGCA said in a statement. The DGCA stated that the wing emergency exit tests for 32 aircraft had been conducted to verify the appropriate shutting of all over-wing emergency exits.
In addition, Akasa Air published a statement on Monday stating that it has undertaken a thorough inspection of its full fleet of in-service Boeing 737 Max aircraft in accordance with the aviation regulator's standards.
"We can confirm that no negative findings have been discovered." "We can also confirm that our operations were not disrupted during this time," it added.
Similarly, SpiceJet and Air India Express both stated that they completed a thorough examination of their Boeing 737 Max fleet in accordance with the orders. Earlier that day, on January 6, an inspection of Alaska Airlines' Boeing 737-9 Max fleet was ordered as a precautionary measure following an incident involving an in-flight departure of a mid-cabin door stopper and fast decompression of the airplane.