Countries started removing restrictions gradually
A year before China, the US approved the Boeing 737 MAX to fly in December 2020, while the European Union’s regulatory body gave its nod in January. Countries like Brazil and Canada have also approved flights of 737 MAX aircraft. In India too, the airline SpiceJet has 13 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in its fleet. The company has not operated any commercial flight since March 2019. India’s aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) lifted the ban on commercial flight operations of 737 MAX aircraft on 26 August 2021 after nearly two and a half years.
After these two fatal accidents, the ban was started.
It should be noted that the Lion Air plane of Indonesia was a victim of an accident on 29 October 2018, in which 246 people died. At the same time, the Ethiopian Airlines plane also crashed on 10 March 2019. Since then, the governments of the country and the world have banned Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
China had given permission only three months ago
In China too, the Airlines Regulatory Authority approved the Boeing 737 MAX flights after it was technically upgraded. China Aviation Daily, quoting the Civil Aviation Administration of China, had reported that Chinese pilots will have to undergo fresh training before commercial flights can resume. However, this decision proved to be wrong for China and three months after the permission, the plane again crashed.