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Boeing 737 Max Event Probed in India After Mid-Air Emergency

  • SpiceJet aircraft headed to Kolkata turned back to Mumbai
  • India lifted its more than two-year ban on Max in August
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Indian regulators are investigating a Boeing Co. 737 Max incident on Thursday, operated by SpiceJet Ltd., which caused the plane to turn back to Mumbai shortly after departing for Kolkata and its pilots to shut down an engine due to a technical issue. 

While the plane landed safely and nobody was injured, the incident is sensitive as it involved an aircraft model that only recently returned to the skies in India after a lengthy global grounding in the wake of two fatal crashes that were primarily blamed on faulty software. India can’t “prejudge” whether the incident merits any action on the fleet, and has asked Boeing and enginemaker CFM International Inc. for more information, Arun Kumar, director general of India’s aviation regulator, said in a text message.