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The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is determined to follow the example of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and make its own validation of the Boeing 737 MAX to fly in India after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) clears it for take-off, Bloomberg reported citing the person closely related to the matter.
Reportedly, the regulatory authority of India is waiting until the FAA gives Boeing 737 MAX program the green light again. After two fatal crashes involving Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, India is highly concerned over the safety of 18 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by the Indian carriers.
For this reason, India is waiting for the FAA approval to proceed with its own assessment. In such way, the DGCA will join the EASA which also announced about its intention to carry out individual tests to lift Boeing 737 MAX in Europe.
While Boeing reports about steady progress in updating software and hopes to return its troubled program back to the sky in October of 2019, the rest of the world is not that optimistic about the return date. A lot of challenges are posed by aviation authorities willing to conduct their own assessments before making 737 MAX airborne again.