SpiceJet has grounded three of its Boeing 737 freighter aircraft Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI), which converted these planes to freighters, advised the Indian budget airline to do so. An internal examination at IAI’s manufacturing facilities showed that there was a potential defect in these freighter aircraft, SpiceJet said in a regulatory filing.
“During an internal examination of IAI’s manufacturing facilities, a potential defect was discovered in the process used to manufacture the 9G rigid barrier installed on these aircraft. These aircraft will return to operations after regulatory clearance,” the budget carrier said.
The Israel government-owned aerospace and aviation manufacturer has advised airline companies across the world to ground their freighter aircraft converted by IAI. IAI, a market leader in converting passenger planes into freighters, had recommended that operators of the aircraft should not fly them until results of the CAAI’s review were known. It declined to say how many companies operated the planes, media said.