SpiceJet grounds 3 B737 freighter planes

No-frills carrier SpiceJet said it has grounded three Boeing 737 freighter aircraft due to a 'potential defect'.

The move follows an advice from Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI), which had converted these planes into freighters, according to 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 filing said.

A senior official at DGCA said it would ensure compliance with Israeli civil aviation authority's directives.

The planes have been grounded and "shall follow the airworthiness directives issued by the Israeli civil aviation authority before they fly again. We will ensure its compliance," the official told.